The Supreme Court of Yemen rejected the appeal against the death sentence of Nimisha Priya, an Indian nurse imprisoned since 2017 for the murder of Talal Abdo Mahdi, a Yemeni national.
Initially sentenced to death in 2018, her family has been advocating for her release.
With the Yemeni Supreme Court dismissing the appeal, the decision now rests with the country's President.
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, stated that the Indian government is aware of the situation and is offering consular assistance as needed.
#WATCH | MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi says, "On the issue of the Indian national in Yemen, we've been following this case, of course, and we are aware of the recent development that you alluded to. We are extending consular assistance. But since it's a legal issue there as… pic.twitter.com/J14c1PgS0N— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2023
Subsequently, Priya and her colleague Hanan allegedly disposed of Mahdi's body in a water tank. Priya was found guilty of murder in 2018 and was sentenced to death.
A group named "Save Nimisha Priya International Action Council" urged the government to intervene diplomatically and negotiate to save her life, despite the court's stance on blood money.
Efforts persist to explore legal options against Priya's conviction in Yemen. Earlier allegations included Mahdi forging documents claiming marriage with Priya and subjecting her to abuse and torture.