Sanaa: An Australian mother has been taken
into custody by Yemeni authorities over suspected links to
Al-Qaeda, while her two children were placed under house
arrest, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
Shyloh Jayne Giddens, who had converted to Islam, was
arrested on May 15 by the intelligence services along with
other Muslim women, Abdul Rahman Barman told agency.
The authorities did not provide any reasons for the
arrests, Barman said, adding that two Bangladeshi women were
arrested with Giddens and that one of them has been deported.
"In light of wrong US intelligence information, people
get arrested without any legal justification. Dozens of
innocent people are being arrested and accused of working for,
or belonging to, Al-Qaeda," he said.
Barman, who is a member of the Yemeni non-governmental
organisation Hood, said the NGO "demands the immediate
release" of the Australian woman, adding that her stay in
Yemen was "legal."
According to Hood, Giddens came to Yemen at an
undisclosed date to raise her son Omar, 7, and daughter
Ameena, 5, as Muslims.
Police have placed the children under house arrest, the
lawyer said, adding that authorities have promised to allow a
German friend of the mother to take them into her home.
In a letter to the Australian foreign ministry, Hood
protested a "clear negligence" by the Australian authorities
asking Canberra to provide "legal protection."