YEMEN: WIFE CONVICTED OF MURDER OF HUSBAND EXECUTED
April 15, 2009: despite appeals to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to overturn the death penalty for A'isha Al-Hamzi, 40, convicted of murdering her husband Yahya Al-Sharif, the woman was executed at the Central Prison in Sana'a.
The execution took place after her children, 7, refused to pardon her when she was brought to the execution site.
Under effective laws in Yemen, the killer of husband of wife can survive the capital punishment if his/her sons and daughters pardon murderer.
Al-Hamzi allegedly killed her husband in 2002. In 2003, she was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. Many human rights organization appealed to overturn the verdict against Al-Hamzi but all appeals were rejected. (Sources: Yemen Post, 19/04/2009)