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    • Indeed, Valerie. And conditions in Bahrain prisons are so bad, with torture etc. that long prison sentences in fact turn out to be death sentences.

      Sometimes, the torture is by Bahraini royal princes or princesses. People who object to monarchies often say that royals are lazy and do nothing. At least that is untrue for those Bahtraini royals [sarcasm off].

  1. Bahraini protester ‘dies of illness in custody’

    AFP

    Tue, 02/10/2012 – 16:30

    A young Bahraini jailed for taking part in anti-government protests last year died in custody on Tuesday after being taken to hospital for treatment of a hereditary disease, the interior ministry said.

    The interior ministry said on Twitter than Mohammed Mushaima, who was serving a prison term, was pronounced dead at a government hospital, where he was admitted on 29 August “for treatment from sickle-cell anemia.”

    The major Bahraini opposition bloc Al-Wefaq confirmed Mushaima’s death, saying he “passed away in custody [Tuesday] while serving a seven-year sentence for participating in pro-democracy demonstrations.”

    Lawyers said they had asked the court earlier to release 24-year-old Shia Mushaima due to his “bad” health, but the court rejected their request.

    Sickle-cell anemia, a genetic disorder in which red blood cells form an abnormal sickle shape, is an inherited illness common in Bahrain, where the marriage of close relatives is frequent.

    Several other anti-regime activists have died of the disease while in custody, according to the government, including two in April 2011, prompting Human Rights Watch to call for an investigation.

    In September of last year, the authorities said another man, whom the opposition claimed died after being tear gassed, had passed away due to “acute respiratory” problems resulting from sickle-cell anemia.

    In August, Bahrain opened a sickle-cell clinic at the government-owned Salmaniya Medical Complex which announced Mushaima’s death on Tuesday.

    Thousands of people, mostly from the majority Shia population, took to the streets last year to call for reforms in the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Khalifa dynasty.

    The kingdom has continued to witness sporadic demonstrations, mostly outside the capital, since it crushed the protest movement in a bloody crackdown in March last year.

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