By Faten Bushehri:
Top Bahraini Student Goes to Jail Instead of Medical School
Posted 20 July 2015 21:27 GMT
It’s the time of the year when high school students graduate and prepare to go to the university of their choice. But for some students in Bahrain, specifically Shiites, activists and government opponents, the path that awaits them is not so bright.
One of these ill fated students is Mustafa Mohammed Ismael who is in jail instead of pursuing his dream of studying medicine. Mustafa graduated top of his class from high school with grades averaging 98.8 percent.
On August 15, 2013, Mustafa, who is now 18, was walking out of his grandfather’s house in Nuwaidrat when he was stopped by security patrol. He was charged with illegal gathering and initially sentenced to six months. The court of appeal later reduced the sentence to three months and released him on bail 24 days later.
Mustafa’s family told Al Wasat daily newspaper, that his lawyer Mohammed Al-Muttawa attempted several times to convince authorities to reduce the charges to a fine, so he would be able to continue his education, but failed.
His high school certificates show outstanding performance in all subjects over three years with no marks less than 93.5% out of 100%.
My husband, Sheikh Ali Salman, is the secretary general of Al-Wefaq, the largest political opposition bloc in the Kingdom of Bahrain. For peacefully critiquing our repressive government, the Higher Criminal Court recently sentenced him to four years imprisonment: here.
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In recent months, the Bahraini government has been suffocating legitimate dissent along the lines of some bizarre version of the board game Monopoly. When peaceful dissidents make a move, they face a penalty. Speak out against the government at a rally? Go Directly To Jail. Tweet criticism of the king? Go Directly To Jail. Call for a republic? Go Directly To Jail. Share information about torture in prisons? Complain to the international media? Tear up pictures of the ruling family? Jail, jail, jail: here.