Houthis extort again businessmen in Ibb

Houthis extort again businessmen in Ibb

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis continue creating new justification for their extortion and intimidation against the businessmen.

This time in Ibb, the Houthis officials threaten arrest of businessmen who fail to pay exorbitant amounts of money to their authority under the name of Zakat.

Businessmen quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper, said that the Houthis increased this year the Zakat 1,000 percent more than the previous year.

The action drove some businessmen to shut down their businesses amid intimidation and arrest and closures campaign started one week ago against staffers and owners of commercia shops.

Local sources said that 24 senior businessmen of Ibb were arrested throughout the past week.

The sources said that arrests of the businessmen were ordered by the Houthis official, Majed Al-Tina, director of Zakat Authority office in Ibb.

The Chamber of Commerce and members of the local councils of Ibb intervened for release of the detained businessmen.

Fortunately, the Houthis released the businessmen three days later of their arrests.

The arrest of businessmen in Ibb is part of a systematic campaign by the Houthis in areas of their control to force businessmen pay the Zakat to their authority.

Businessmen are not allowed to pay the Zakat directly to the needy people but are forced by the Houthis to pay it to the Houthis-run Zakat authority.

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