Airbus Supplied Aircraft to Genocidal Yemeni Government before Civil War

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A subsidiary of the European Aerospace giant Airbus, EADS N.A, supplied aircraft to the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen. This administration has been judged as in violation of International Law by Amnesty International.

The procurement of $36 Million worth of aircraft took place in early 2012, when President Hadi was just taking office after winning an election in which he was the only candidate. This single candidate election occurred after the Gulf Cooperation Council, a political union of Arab monarchies, signed a agreement stating that the former despotic President Ali Abdullah Saleh would hand power to his successor in return for court immunity.

Despite the turbulence in Yemeni politics at this time, UK/US military export licences were signed in January 2012 which allowed Airbus to go ahead with the sale.

Wikileaks Link: PMR – TORP 0225 – Yemen Aircraft

 





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