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A Yemeni actress and model accused of an “indecent act” and drug possession is facing an unfair trial by rebel authorities, Human Rights Watch says. Intisar al-Hammadi, 20, who denies the charges, was detained by the Houthi movement’s forces in Sanaa in February. Her lawyer alleged she was physically and verbally abused by interrogators, subjected to racist insults, and forced to sign a document while blindfolded. Prosecutors also allegedly threatened her with a forced “virginity test”. Her lawyer told HRW that he had been prevented from seeing Ms Hammadi’s casefile and was stopped from representing her when she appeared in court twice earlier this month. The Houthis, who have been fighting a war against Yemen’s internationally recognised government since 2015, have not commented on the case.

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