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Yemen’s Unity Government Grants Immunity to President Saleh

January 08, 2012

(Updates with parliamentary approval, protests beginning in second paragraph.)

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Yemen’s unity government approved a draft law on granting outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

The draft law, which must now be approved by Yemen’s parliament, says Saleh and anyone who worked with him in the civil service, security and military are granted immunity from prosecution for any acts committed before the law takes effect.

A new Yemeni government was sworn in last month after Saleh signed an agreement to relinquish presidential powers in return for immunity from prosecution.

Thousands of demonstrators in the Yemeni capital Sanaa protested the immunity deal today. They demanded that Saleh and his relatives face trial for killing more than 1,000 people since the uprising demanding his ouster began a year ago.

--Editors: Ann Hughey, Maura Reynolds

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