on Wednesday 23 November, 2022

71 Houthis leaders involved in the trade of smuggled and expired drugs: Report

by : Yemen Details

The Yemeni Organization for Combating Human Trafficking (YOCHT) revealed, in a report, a blacklist of of Houthi leaders, consisting of 71 figures who are involved in the trade of smuggled and expired drugs.

The report obtained by Yemen Details, said that the Houthis run their own kingdom in the most densely populated areas of their control, as drugs in the country has turned into one of the largest sources of wealth for the Houthi leaders who run huge smuggling networks to invest in the health of Yemenis.

The import bill for drugs in Yemen amounts to about YR88 billion annually, according to the statistics of the "Supreme Authority for Medicines" run by the Houthis.

The Houthis rely on the barter system when accepting drug grants from UN and humanitarian organizations, as UN drugs enter only by implementing a long list of demands, the most of which is their obtaining a percentage of the drugs and sums of money. The report said.


Houthi alliance with drug smugglers


The first part of the report revealed the existence of an alliance between Houthi leaders and drug smugglers to supply the market, which explains the Houthis' rejection of drug aid from international organizations.

Houthi leaders invest in drugs, including Taha Al-Mutawakel and Mohammed Al-Ghaili, head of the Medicines Authority, Mutahar Al-Marwani, director of Sana'a health, a number of other military leaders and a senior official in the office of the group's leader, Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, called Abu Mohammed Al-Ayani, and the director of the presidential office in Sana'a, Ahmed Hamed, who provides them with full protection.

The report revealed exclusive documents about the Houthi network for smuggling, trading drugs and dumping the polluted local markets, which includes 71 figures working in smuggling and expired drugs and selling them to private hospitals and pharmacies.

A Minister holds no Qualifications

According to the report, the documents showed the involvement of the Houthi Minister of Health in cases of corruption and gross neglect of the health sector, covering up and not taking any action against them or referring them for investigation.

The report said that while the Minister of Health of Houthi don't hold any professional qualifications in the field of health, he worked from the first day of his appointment to the ministry to exclude about 150 staff from qualified professional technical cadres specialized in all health sectors and replace them with ones that do not hold any health qualifications and most of them have a high school diploma.

Black List

The report listed about 71 Houthi figures and leaders involved in trading of smuggled, fake and expired drugs and obtaining huge profits at the expense of the lives and health of the Yemeni people.

Recommendations

The report recommended conducting an international and transparent investigation into the death of the children of Kuwait Hospital, and the involvement of the Houthis in smuggling drugs and selling them on the black market and harming the health of the Yemeni people, and considering it a crime against humanity.

The report calls for pressure towards issuing an international resolution by the UN Security Council to impose international sanctions on the Minister of Health in the Houthi government and senior officials in his ministry who are involved in trafficking in smuggled, fake and expired drugs to finance the war and enrich the militia leaders.

It also called on the Yemeni government to conduct an urgent investigation into the involvement of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other organizations concerned with the health sector in facilitating the Houthi seizure of humanitarian aid and selling it on the black market and depriving the Yemeni people of their natural right to medicine and treatment.

The organization held the Ministry of Public Health and Population in the Yemeni recognized government responsible for the serious drug deterioration that threatens the health and life Yemenis in general, the entry of drug shipments through the ports, and the adoption of documents approved by the drug authority of the Houthis in Sana'a.