Al-Badawi Never "Re-arrested"

Empty Quarter has a lot of good expert analysis on Yemen in general and al-Badawi's release in particular, including this gem:

Many news sources out their have al Badawi being “rearrested.” This is wrong on two accounts - first, and most egregiously, the statements from the Yemeni government never indicated that he was rearrested…they simply sought to redefine his current state of custody. Secondly, those sources obviously relied upon the Yemeni government’s English translation of their statement which says that al Badawi is “under arrest.” Technically, if you look at the Arabic versions of the article they all use the word ”محتجز” which is more accurately translated as “detained” (but can also mean anything from secluded to sequestered to isolated). the meaning of “Mohtajz” CAN INCLUDE HOUSE ARREST. If they wanted to say ”arrested” as in being in prison they would have used “عتقل” which cannot be used for house arrest, and is much more clear.
All they do is play games.

Previous al-Badawi blogging below the fold:

10/12/2007 The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today

10/16/2007 Jamal Al-Badawi Freed

10/17/2007 In View of the Fact that the Dictator of Yemen is an Qualified Liar

10/25/2007 Does George Bush Approve of the Pardon of USS Cole Bomber Jamal al-Basawi

10/26/2007 Money Quote of the Day

10/ 26/2007 Yemen to Use Al-Badawi, Al-Qaeda Against Southern Protesters

10/27/2007 Yemen Censors Internet Access After Al-Badawi Release

10/28/2007 Other Scary Terrorists Yemen Freed

10/28/2007 Yemen Sez al-Badawi Never Freed

10/28/2007 Yemen Spins Al-Badawi's Release

Related, 2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors

Posted by: JaneNovak at 11:32 AM

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