Turkey freezes assets of Yemen's ousted Saleh

AFP , Thursday 21 Apr 2016

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey has frozen the assets of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son, in line with UN Security Council sanctions against the ousted strongman, the government said Thursday.

All assets belonging to Saleh and his son Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh in Turkish banks and other financial institutions "are frozen until February 26, 2017," read an announcement in the government's Official Gazette.

Saleh amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion (28 billion euros and 53 billion euros) through corruption and stashed assets in at least 20 countries during his 33 years in power, a UN report released last year found.

The Council imposed sanctions in 2014 on Saleh, who was forced out in 2012 under a Gulf-sponsored deal and blacklisted for obstructing peace in Yemen, notably for backing the Shiite Huthi militia that seized power in Sanaa.

Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen had been due to begin in Kuwait on Thursday, but were delayed pending the arrival of rebel representatives to the UN-backed talks.

The talks are the most important attempt yet to resolve the country's devastating conflict, which the UN says has killed more than 6,400 people and forced almost 2.8 million people from their homes.

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