Yemen set to expel New Zealand reporter


A New Zealand journalist who entered Yemen illegally aboard a ship carrying Somali refugees is set to be deported, said security sources.

They said the journalist, identified as Glen Johnson, was being detained in the southern Lahij province.
“The sources said the journalist will be handed over to the passport and immigration authorities, at which point procedures for his deportation will be completed,” the state’s Saba news agency said, Reuters reports.

New Zealand media have reported that Johnson, who was detained more than a week ago, had been seeking to report on child trafficking in Yemen.

Months of protests demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh end 33 years in power have left the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country in chaos.

U.N. officials and experts say child trafficking and illegal migration, mainly from Horn of Africa countries, are among the problems afflicting Yemen.