Amnesty International calls for fair retrial of 3 Bahrainis

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Saturday, 28 February 2015


Amnesty International has called on Bahraini authorities to hold a fair retrial for three people sentenced to death over the alleged killing of three policemen, urging officials not to execute them.

In a report released on Friday, the rights group said that “a full retrial of the individuals” should be held, “ensuring internationally recognized standards for fair trial are complied with, without recourse to the death penalty.”

The report also called on the Bahraini regime to “immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”

The report came after the supreme criminal court of Bahrain sentenced the three to death and seven others to life in prison on February 26, convicting them of killing three policemen in the village of Daih last year. The court also revoked the citizenship of all 10 defendants.

The amnesty report further noted that during three weeks of interrogation, the defendants “did not have access to their families or lawyers” and, based on their sayings, they had experienced various torture methods, including “being given electric shocks, beaten, burnt with cigarettes, being deprived of sleep, and sexually assaulted.”

According to the report, the defense lawyers did not have access to the full evidence against the defendants and were not allowed to cross-examine witnesses. Moreover, the defendants were not given the chance to speak in court.

On Thursday, dozens of anti-regime demonstrators took to the streets in the villages of Daih and Musalla, both located west of the capital, Manama, to denounce the recent death rulings.

On March 3, 2014, three police officers, one from the United Arab Emirates, were killed in a bomb attack in Daih.

No group claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred as Bahraini troops attacked the mourners at a service for an anti-regime activist, who had died in prison a few days ago.

The popular uprising in Bahrain began in February 2011. Since then, thousands of protesters have been holding regular mass rallies in the Persian Gulf country.

The protesters are demanding the downfall of the Al Khalifa ruling family and the establishment of a democratically-elected government.

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