Yemen: Four actresses sentenced to prison on ‘indecency’ charges

22 November 2021
Image: Actress Entesar Al-Hammadi / Entesar Al-Hammadi on Instagram


On 7 November 2021, the West Sana’a Court operating under Houthi authorities sentenced four actresses to prison terms on the grounds of “indecency”, reported BBC.

According to Arabic CNN, actress and model Entesar Al-Hammadi was sentenced to five years in prison for “indecency”, alongside actress Yusra Al-Nashiri who was convicted to five years in prison and actress Mahaliya Al-Baadani receiving a sentence of three years in prison.

Actress Ruqaya Al-Sawadi was sentenced to one year of a suspended prison sentence.

Four actresses were arbitrarily detained since 20 February 2021.

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism in Yemen, Moammar Al-Eryani, condemned the actresses’ sentencing on his Twitter account, saying:

“We strongly condemn the Iranian-backed Houthi militia’s issuance of illegal verdicts condemning the performing artist, Entisar Abdul Rahman Al-Hammadi, and three of her colleagues, ‘Yusra Al-Nashiri, Mahaliya Al-Baadani, and Ruqaya Al-Sawadi’ on trumped-up charges in one of the courts under its control, defaming them, and arresting them for periods ranging from one to five years.”


Al-Hammadi was arbitrarily detained on 20 February 2021 alongside two other actresses under the allegation of “violating Islamic dress codes”. They were on their way to a movie set when the Houthis stopped and took them to an unknown location.

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