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Jul 12, 2018

Saudi royal pardon for soldiers in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s has issued a royal pardon for all soldiers deployed in Yemen, a statement published by Saudi Arabia’ s government news agency SPA earlier in the week.

The royal pardon covers all “military men” who have taken part in “Operation Restoring Hope”. The official clean slate is signed off by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The statement did not mention what crimes the soldiers were pardoned for, but all “military and disciplinary penalties” have been wiped off.

Whether the pardon comes as a result of human rights groups’ deep criticism of Saudi Arabia’s military activity in Yemen is unclear.

Saudi Arabia has a duty to investigate war crimes committed by their own nationals and prosecute those responsible in a fair and impartial manner, human rights groups have repeatedly said.

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