French Journo Found Dead in Yemen Hotel

Had been missing for days; circumstances murky
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 11:53 AM CST
French Journo Found Dead in Yemen Hotel
Yemeni anti-government protesters make victory signs during a demonstration calling for the trial of outgoing Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on December 27, 2011.   (Getty Images)

A French-Algerian journalist who'd been missing for four days has been found strangled in a hotel in Yemen's capital. The body of the man, whose name hasn't been given, was tied to the bed in his room, and Yemeni police said he had been strangled with an electric wire. There is so far no motive in his death. The man had an ID card from France 24 television, but the channel said he didn't work for them, Reuters reports.

The body was discovered in an area near the presidential palace that's controlled by Yemen's Republican Guard, notes the AP. Another Yemen-based French journalist, Benjamin Wiacek, has hinted at a conspiracy theory via Twitter, observes the AtlanticWire, saying that the dead man was in fact a government agent with a fake ID. But thus far, the situation remains murky. (Read more Yemen stories.)

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