Yemen’s president Ali Abudulla Saleh has left his home country to receive medical treatment in the U.S., despite widespread calls from Yemeni citizens for Saleh’s arrest. Saleh, who has been referred to by Yemeni opposition as “the Butcher”, is accused of authorizing a bloody crackdown on government protests during the “Arab Spring” of 2011.
The US State Department has vehemently denied that by giving Saleh a medical visa, the US is allowing Salah (a US ally) to escape trial in his native land – apparently, the ideal timing of the issuance of the U.S.visa is mere coincidence. Unfortunately, medical visas did not amount to a get-out-of-jail-free-card for Hossni Mubarak, currently on trail for crimes committed during his presidency in Egypt. Mubarak was denied a US medical visa, and is now appearing in Egyptian court in a hospital bed.