Yemen deports French journalist

SANAA (Xinhua): Yemen has deported a French journalist who tried to interview relatives of the Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden without permission from the Information Ministry, security source said on Wednesday.Yemen on Tuesday deported the 35-year-old Jouil Suller, who entered the country early last week as a tourist, but acted as a journalist, the source added.

The deportation came after Suller turned a deaf ear to warnings that he was not authorized to conduct last Friday's interviews in the Rabat Ba'ashen village, the hometown of bin Laden's father, in the province of Hadramout, 800 kilometers east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Two days later, he went to the town of Qaeda in the province of Aab, 200 kilometers south of Sanaa, to interview Ahmad Abdul Fatah,who is reportedly bin Laden's father-in-law.

Suller left Sanaa for Beirut on Tuesday, the source said.