Drunk Bahraini prince invades airplane cockpit

This video says about itself:

June 9, 2011

DemocracyNow.org -midst an intensifying crackdown on anti-government protesters in the tiny Gulf island Kingdom of Bahrain, President Obama met Tuesday with Crown Prince Salman bin Isa al-Khalifa, a visit that was not announced beforehand. Democracy Now! interviews Nabeel Rajab, president of Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights, based in Manama. “We do not see anything that makes us optimistic that the government has the willingness to go for a dialogue with the opposition and to listen to the grievances and demands of the people,” says Rajab, noting that soldiers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain continue to arrest protesters and the doctors treating those injured during pro-democracy demonstrations.

While the Bahraini royal family has doctors jailed and tortured for caring for patients, a scion of that family makes news headlines in a different way.

From the Daily Telegraph in England:

Arab prince charged over drunken rant in cockpit

An Arab prince was marched off a passenger jet at Heathrow by police officers armed with Taser guns after he drunkenly stormed the cockpit to complain about the poor service.

18 Oct 2012

Mubarak Hamad, 29, a Bahraini billionaire prince who lives in London, has been charged with being drunk on an aircraft and is due to appear in court later this month.

Shortly after boarding the British Airways Boeing 777 to Doha in Qatar via Bahrain, it is understood that the prince began shouting and complaining about the service.

Members of the crew were allegedly forced to call the police after he made his way into the cockpit and refused to go back to his seat.

Mr Hamad was then dragged off the plane by officers armed with stun guns and taken to a police station where his DNA, mugshot and fingerprints were taken.

He was bailed, but was told he was being formally charged when he answered his bail on Wednesday. He is due to appear before magistrates in London later this month.

See also here. And here.

At least, this Bahraini Royal Highness can say that his drunkenness was not during Ramadan; unlike another Bahraini royal.

Al Jazeera America tells us that Bahrain’s parliament is getting behind a proposal to make illegal the sale of alcohol due to the fact the substance violates Islam: here.

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  5. Bahrain To Open Black Market For Alcohol

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    Manama: Following the announcement by Bahrain’s National Assembly that lawmakers are proposing a bill to outlaw the sale of alcohol in the country, MP’s also announced the opening a black market for the unlawful sale of alcohol.

    “Bahrain is an Islamic country. Our society does not accept alcohol because it causes a lot of sleaze and vice,” said a spokesperson for the National Assembly, speaking to local reporters.

    “So we are proposing to ban the sale of alcohol in Bahrain, but people can still purchase alcohol at one of the many underground establishments that will be run by MP’s.”

    The new bill comes as the current National Assembly is nearing the end of its four-year term, ahead of upcoming elections this October. A similar bill was proposed in the previous parliamentary term during the end of 2010.

    “We operate 7 days a week, between the hours of 2PM and 9PM, but not after that. We don’t want any drunks walking around late at night.”



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