A teenage model who posed for pictures without a hijab has been snatched off the street by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who are planning to prosecute her in a kangaroo court for being a bad influence.
The young Yemeni model and actress kidnapped by Iran-backed Houthi rebels is set to be ‘tried’ by her abductors who see her as a corrupting influence, according to reports.
Entesar Al-Hammadi, 20, and two of her colleagues were snatched from a street in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on 20th February.
The kidnapping is believed to be part of a series of crackdowns on objectors and liberals in areas of the country controlled by the rebels.
A Houthi ‘prosecutor’ will question the young model on Sunday (18th April), according to her lawyer, Khaled Mohammed Al-Kamal, who said that she was arrested unlawfully.
Entesar and her colleagues were on their way to film a drama TV series when their vehicle was stopped by rebels, who abducted the women, taking them to a secret location in February.
They were ostensibly arrested for violating Islamic dress norms, according to reports.
Crackdowns against Yemeni women have reportedly become commonplace in Houthi-controlled areas.
Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar Al-Eryani wrote on Twitter: “They must stop the extortion of women and release all disappeared women from their secret prisons unconditionally.”
Entesar had told a Yemeni TV channel that she dreamed of travelling abroad to escape Yemen’s stifling, conservative society last year.
Entesar, whose mother is Ethiopian, said at the time: “It would be great if I was given an opportunity outside Yemen.”
The Yemeni Civil War began in 2014 and is ongoing. The main players are the Iran-backed Houthis, the Saudi-backed Hadi-led government, and terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIL.
Human Rights Watch puts the civilian death toll at over 18,400.