Mukalla \u2013 Abdul Hadi Habtoor\nGeneral Director of the Mukalla central prison in the Hadramaut region, Hassan Baalawi, accused Qatar of fabricating claims that secret detention centers were set up in liberated regions in Yemen.\n\nHe told Asharq Al-Awsat that Qatar paid individuals to promote such a \u201clie.\u201d\n\nDoha sought to create confusion and tarnish the image of stability that was established in Hadramaut and other areas that were liberated from the Iran-backed Houthi militias, he added.\n\nHe added that the doors of Mukalla\u2019s central prison will be opened to anyone seeking to inspect the conditions of the inmates.\n\nAccess will be granted \u201cto those who want to report the truth, not hired figures who are following the agendas of suspicious groups,\u201d he stated.\n\nAsharq Al-Awsat toured the central prison with commander of the second military region, Aweidan Salem Aweidan, and the facility\u2019s human rights team, in order to inspect its services and conditions.\n\nAweidan refuted claims of the existence of secret detention centers in Yemen, stressing: \u201cThe needs of inmates are provided for and we have noting to hide.\u201d\n\nThe Mukalla central prison receives detainees arrested in Shabwa, Socotra and al-Mahra.\n\n\u201cIt holds over 200 al-Qaeda members and so far, over 80 cases have been referred to the criminal court,\u201d Baalawi revealed.\n\nA ward is also dedicated to woman inmates.\n\n\u201cThe jail can accommodate 500 prisoners and we are currently preparing designs to establish new wards,\u201d he added. This effort is directly supported by the member-states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.\n\nHe credited the coalition with helping renovate the prison after it was at one point overrun by al-Qaeda.\n\nAsharq Al-Awsat also toured the facility\u2019s medical center as Baalawi recounted how its medical team saved the life of an al-Qaeda member after he was injured during clashes with security forces.\n\n\u201cHe was brought to us hanging between life and death. He was treated for four months and is now doing fine. We did not approach him as an al-Qaeda member, but we did what our religion and laws dictate to us,\u201d he added.\n\nThere is no doubt that al-Qaeda members will be tried before the judiciary over the crimes they committed,\u201d he continued.\n\nThe prison caters to the health needs of each inmate regardless of the charges laid down against them, he stressed.\n\nOn the rehabilitation of extremists, Baalawi said: \u201cWe cannot allow them to leave with the same sick thoughts that are spreading poison among our people.\u201d\n\nHe therefore demanded the establishment of a rehabilitation center for inmates. Efforts are ongoing to set it up in the Falak region.\n\nHead of security at the central prison, Hani Bashkil, revealed that Qaeda inmates are granted family visits every Thursday. Other inmates enjoy family visits on Saturday.\n\nSome juvenile Qaeda member, aged 17 and 18, are also held in the prison and efforts are underway to ensure that they complete their education.\n\nHead of the True Human Rights Institution, Ahmed Omar al-Lahwary, assessed as excellent the conditions at the central prison.\n\nHe told Asharq Al-Awsat that the facility provides good medical services to the inmates, while also refuting claims of secret detention centers in Yemen.\n\n\u201cEvidence is needed to back those claims and so far, we have not seen any,\u201d he added.