Returning hundreds of millions or maybe 32 billion the Saleh family looted would help the Yemeni govt face the dire poverty of its citizens and would take an important weapon out of Saleh’s hands. However, the Obama administration steadfastly opposed such a move, and the protesters demands, for well over a year.
The US demanded Saleh be absolved of his war crimes in a major break with international law, and he can keep the all fruits of decades of gross corruption. For example, the chairman of Yemenia was Saleh’s son-in-law. Yemenia’s fact sheet shows 60 million spent in renovations since 2000, including 20 million for an upgraded maintenance facility. The fleet is comprised of six functioning aircraft with 12 more inoperable. Several planes are on order but their status is unclear. Update: Transportation Minister pledges to recover stolen funds, assets/
Sun Herald: SANAA, YEMEN — Thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital on Friday, demanding the return of millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The protests in Sanaa come a week after several nations backing Yemen’s political transition pushed for sanctions against Saleh’s loyalists for undermining the country’s shift to democracy after a year of turmoil and bloodshed. The non-military sanctions could include freezing financial assets or travel bans.
Saleh had reportedly accumulated significant wealth during nearly 30 years in power in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East. He stepped down earlier this year after a popular uprising forced him into relinquishing power in return for immunity from prosecution. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president in February to replace Saleh. (Read on …)