Bahrain dictatorship arrests doctors again

This video says about itself:

1 October 2012

Al Jazeera interviews Ali al-Ekry, one of the nine medics sentenced to prison in Bahrain, after the court of cassation dismissed their appeals.

From Al Jazeera:

Bahrain medics jailed after losing appeal

Police arrest five doctors in early-morning raids, amid uncertainty whether government would execute sentence.

Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 06:19

Police in Bahrain have arrested five medics in a series of dawn raids on Tuesday morning, just one day after the country’s highest court dismissed their appeals in a case international human rights groups have rejected as a farce.

The first doctor, Ali al-Ekry, was arrested at his home at around 5:30am local time (02:30 GMT), according to his family. Al-Ekry is facing the harshest jail term: He was sentenced to five years in prison for “possession and concealment” of weapons and “illegal assembly”.

The other medics were arrested one-by-one in subsequent raids, according to sources in Bahrain.

The doctors are part of a group of 20 arrested last year and convicted by a military court; those convictions were upheld by a civilian tribunal in June, despite widespread criticism of the trial from international human rights groups.

See also here.

Bahrain’s Denial of Visas to Rights Activists Underscores Contempt for Human and Worker Rights: here.

Migrant Workers in Bahrain Face Widespread Abuses – Mani Mostofi: here.

‘Bahrain buys favorable CNN content’ – former channel journalist Amber Lyon: here.

Mourners clash with police during funeral in Bahrain, photos here.

11 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship arrests doctors again

    • 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’


    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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