Kidnapped judge released in Yemen

SANAA – An abducted Yemeni judge was released on Thursday following mediation by tribal chieftains, a tribal source said.

Judge Mohamed al-Sarwa, the head of the Criminal Court in the northwestern province of Hajjah, was released, the source told Anadolu Agency.

"The judge has gone to the capital Sanaa in the company of some members of the mediation committee," the source said, giving no further details.

Al-Sarwa was abducted by gunmen in Hajjah ten days ago, shortly after he had slapped 13 Yemeni revolutionaries with jail sentences between five and ten years on charges of killing policemen in April 2011.

His abduction fanned the anger of his colleagues who demanded more protection for Yemen's judges and courthouses.

Yemen has struggled to maintain law and order since the ouster of autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

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