TeleYemen admits: The Houthi intelligence service smuggles international calls

English - الأحد 19 يونيو 2022 الساعة 04:33 م
Aden, NewsYemen:

Leaked official documents revealed the involvement of leaders in the security and intelligence apparatus of the terrorist Houthi militia, in smuggling thousands of international calls through a large number of fixed phone channels, which amount to 630 smuggling channels.

A document issued by the Yemeni Telecommunications Company (TeleYemen), which is under the control of the Houthis in Sanaa, said that it "has reached - after investigation - shocking results regarding the smuggling of international calls through the Houthi security and intelligence apparatus."

The document - seen by NewsYemen - confirmed that the Security Intelligence Service is systematically smuggling international calls using a large number of fixed-line telephone channels, which amount to 630 channels.

She pointed out that the two agencies were assigned by the Higher Coordination Committee (also a Houthi committee) to carry out the tasks of combating the smuggling of international calls, considering that its involvement in smuggling missions is a dangerous precedent and entails risks and losses of millions of dollars annually.

(TeleYemen) acknowledged that smuggling international calls exposes them to risks through what it called "the exploitation of the legitimate government and the coalition for this issue to challenge the integrity of the company and to demonstrate its involvement in suspicious business and to market this internationally, which affects the company's relationship with international business partners, which may result in the freezing of payments.  Due to the company, which amount to (180) million dollars annually.

Despite the Houthi militia harnessing the profits of TeleYemen Company for the war effort.  As is the case with the rest of the revenues of the telecommunications and Internet sector institutions under their control.  However, there are powerful Houthi leaders who smuggle international calls by bypassing the company for personal enrichment. 

The Houthis blocked free audio and video communication applications such as "WhatsApp" and "Imo" and others, so that the Yemeni citizen in the diaspora would be forced to call through a paid cell phone line, and thus return them to them with huge amounts of hard currency.