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Published Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017 - 14:41:06
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Bahrain retaliates activist by torturing his family

Bahrain retaliates activist by torturing his family
World  - A criminal court in Manama on October 30, 2017, sentenced three relatives of a prominent exiled Bahraini human rights defender to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges. Human Rights Watch has reveled that the judicial process was marred by due process violations and allegations of ill treatment and coerced confessions.

Bahraini authorities arrested and subsequently charged the three relatives of Sayed Ahmed al-Wadaei, the London-based advocacy director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, seemingly in retaliation for his outspoken criticism of the ruling Al Khalifa family and government policies, the organization has stated.

"Today's guilty verdict on dubious charges against three relatives of a human rights defender are testimony to Bahrain's comprehensive campaign to muzzle dissent," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Targeting family members to silence activists amounts to collective punishment, and Bahrain's judiciary should correct this injustice upon appeal."


Masked security officials arrested Sayed Ahmed's brother-in-law, Sayed Nazar al-Wadaei, 18, and his cousin, Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor, 30, on March 2, Sayed Ahmed told Human Rights Watch. On March 5, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) under the Interior Ministry summoned Hajar Mansoor Hassan, 49, Sayed Ahmed's mother-in-law and Sayed Nazar's mother, for questioning and subsequently arrested her.


The public prosecutor's investigation record, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, says that Hassan and Mansoor repudiated confessions they made during interrogation at the CID, claiming interrogators coerced them. The CID forensic examinations report failed to establish any physical evidence linking the three defendants to the alleged mock explosive objects.


According to this report, all three defendants alleged ill treatment during interrogations. Hassan and Sayed Nazar told a family member they were subjected to prolonged painful forced standing positions, Sayed Nazar and Mansoor told family members that they were subjected to frequent beatings. None of the defendants had access to a lawyer during CID interrogations, and only Hassan had a lawyer during the public prosecution investigations.


During a visit with a family member on March 22, Sayed Nazar said interrogators blindfolded him, deprived him of sleep for two days, and forced him to stand for two days while frequently beating him. He said that interrogators mostly questioned him about his brother-in-law's work in London, beating him every time he responded that Sayed Ahmed worked for a newspaper.


In a separate phone call with Sayed Ahmed on April 26, Sayed Nazar said interrogators repeatedly questioned him about Sayed Ahmed's activities, and cursed and beat him. Sayed Ahmed said that interrogators told Sayed Nazar, "You are from a dirty family," threatening to go after the whole family, including Sayed Ahmed.


On March 9, Hassan's lawyer submitted a complaint about ill-treatment on her behalf, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), under the Interior Ministry, which investigates police misconduct. The complaint said CID officers threatened her and subjected her to prolonged interrogations, sometimes exceeding 10 hours, and forced standing between March 5 and 8 to extract a confession.


Hassan told Human Rights Watch the forced standing on the first day of interrogations caused her to faint and that she was taken to a hospital. The SIU conducted an investigation with Sayed Ahmed's relatives in the presence of their lawyer. Sayed Ahmed said the SIU informed Hassan's lawyer in September that her case was closed, but did not provide Hassan or her lawyer with a copy of the investigation or a reason why it was closed.

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News Code: 23972
Published Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017 - 14:41:06
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