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Fares Manaa
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Fares Mohammed Manaa (Arabic: فارس محمد مناع‎‎; born February 8, 1965)[1][2] is a top Yemeni arms-dealer,[1][2] businessman,[3] rebel commander and politician.[4] He is said to be Yemen's most famous arms-dealer.[5] Manaa was born on February 8, 1965 in the northern city of Sa'dah.[2] He was an ally of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and member of his ruling GPC party[4] and served as head of his presidential committee and as head of a local council tasked with mediating a peace-deal between the Yemeni government and Houthis during the Shia insurgency in Yemen. His brother was the governor of Saada Governorate at the time.[3][6]
Fares Mohammed Manaa
Minister of State
Assumed office
28 November 2016
PresidentSaleh Ali al-Sammad
Prime MinisterAbdel-Aziz bin Habtour
Governor of Saada*
In office
27 March 2011 – 24 December 2014
Preceded byTaha Hajer
Succeeded byMohamed Jaber Awadh al-Razehi
Personal details
BornFebruary 8, 1965 (age 56)
Sa'dah, Yemen
Political partyIndependent
GPC (until March 2011)
ProfessionArms-dealer, businessman, former governor
Military service
Battles/warsHouthi insurgency in Yemen
His authority as governor was not recognised by the Yemeni government in Sana'a
His name was put on a UN Security Council list of people accused of trafficking arms to SomaliIslamist insurgent group Al-Shabaab,[1][2] which is considered as a terrorist organisation by the United States[7] and is accused of with al-Qaeda.[8] This led to his assets being frozen by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.[9][10] He was also accused of receiving millions in funds from the then Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi,[11] spying for Libya and supplying arms to the Houthis.[10] Manaa denied these charges claiming that arms had been stolen by Houthis from an arms deposit he owned. In October 2009[12] was put at the top of a blacklist of Yemeni arms-dealers, after which he was put under surveillance.[1][2][10]
In late January 2010, Manaa was arrested by Yemeni authorities[12] leading to protests in Sa'dah by tribal chiefs and the resignation of his brother, Hassan Manaa, as governor.[13] In May, a mini-bus driver was killed and a policeman and a civilian woman were injured[12] as a group of Manaa's men attacked the car in which he was being transported to a penal court. This resulted in his trial being delayed by 25 days.[10][12] He was eventually released on June 4,[12] after which his relations with President Saleh soured.[4]
On March 19, Houthis attacked the city of Sa'dah,[14] starting a battle with pro-government al-Abdin tribesmen,[4] led by Yemeni lawmaker Sheikh Othman Majali.[15] During the battle, rebels joined forces with Fares Manaa[10] and after their victory,[4][15] set up a local committee, composed of rebels, residents and defected military commanders,[16] which appointed him as the new governor of Sa'dah on 26 March, after the pro-Saleh governor Taha Hajer fled to the capital Sana'a.[4][15] He led the Houthis independent administration in Sa'dah governorate[15] until December 2014.[17]
  1. ^ a b c d EUR-Lex REGULATIONS: COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 956/2011, 26 September 2011
  3. ^ a b Sa'ada tribal leaders protest "weapons dealer" imprisonment Archived 2011-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, February 20, 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e f Houthis Control Sa’ada, Help Appoint Governor, 29 March 2011
  5. ^ Al-Ahram Saleh stalls as Yemen unravelsArchived 2012-02-23 at the Wayback Machine, March 30, 2011
  6. ^ Sana’a Cards to Pressurize Houthis to Enter New Dialogue Rounds, 10 April 2010
  7. ^ United States Department of State Foreign Terrorist Organizations, September 15, 2011
  8. ^ allafrica Who's Backing Al Shabaab? - Al Qaeda, Eritrea?, October 31, 2011
  9. ^ "Yemeni arms dealer's assets frozen". 13 April 2010.
  10. ^ a b c d e Yemeni weapons dealer released[permanent dead link], 21-06-2010
  11. ^ Mana'a and al-Ahmar received money from Gaddafi to shake security of KSA, Yemen
  12. ^ a b c d e Google News Driver killed in Sanaa hit on police convoy, May 11, 2010
  13. ^ Sa'ada tribal leaders protest "weapons dealer" imprisonment Archived 2011-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, 20 February 2010
  14. ^ Sa'ada: A Cry for Help
  15. ^ a b c d Houthi Group Appoints Arms Dealer as Governor of Sa'ada province
  16. ^ Washington Post Yemen crisis intensifies with factory explosion, March 29, 2011
  17. ^ United Nations Security Council Final report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) paragraph 75
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