Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva: Saudi Delegate Member Wanted by Interpol
Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani, a senior member of the Saudi delegation to the ongoing peace talks in Geneva, is prosecuted by the Interpol for supporting the Al-Qaeda terrorist group, a senior Yemeni delegation member disclosed.
“Al-Humayqani is wanted by the Interpol,” member of the leadership of Yemen’s Popular Congress Party Shoja Adel, who is in Geneva to attend the peace talks, told reporters on Wednesday.
“Now the question is why he is attending the peace talks and why he is not arrested,” he asked.
Al-Humayqani was branded as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) by the US Department of Treasury in December 2013 for his all-out support for Al-Qaeda.
Humayqani was designated as international terrorist for providing financial support to and acting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
As of 2012, Humayqani was an important figure within AQAP and reportedly had a relationship with important AQAP leaders. Humayqani orchestrated an AQAP attack on a Yemeni Republican Guard base in al-Bayda’ Governorate in Yemen in March 2012.
He is suspected to have recruited individuals to AQAP who were involved in a plot to assassinate Yemeni officials.
Humayqani has represented AQAP in meetings with Yemeni officials to negotiate the release of Yemeni soldiers held by AQAP and worked with AQAP operatives to coordinate the movement of AQAP fighters within Yemen. Humayqani has directed a group of armed AQAP associates that intended to carry out attacks on Yemeni government facilities and institutions, including a Yemeni government building in al-Bayda. He has also recruited individuals in Sana’a on behalf of AQAP.