|02-15-2013, 09:52 PM||#1|
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Bahrain to go ahead with medics trial
The Bahraini government is still proceeding with a high-profile case
against medics who treated wounded protesters during an uprising last
year, despite a prosecutor's statement suggesting most of the charges
would be dropped, the justice minister has said.
"At the end of the day, the last decision will be at the court, the
court has to acquit or punish. Until a final judgment, all of them are
accused," Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, the justice minister, told a
news conference on Tuesday.
Last week, the public prosecutor released a statement saying he would
pursue charges against only five of the 20 medics involved in the case.
He would transfer the other cases to a professional tribunal, the
"It looks like various people are making decisions in the Bahrain
government without an agreed policy. What's happening with the medics
smells of incoherence and incompetence," said Brian Dooley of the
US-based Human Rights First.
The accused were not informed of an official decision, and the trial
has continued. The presiding judge has not explained why no charges were
"I think what I am seeing now is that the attorney general has
already presented his evidence, last session, for nine hours, ten hours,
and I believe that it [the trial] will reach an end," عفوا ,,, لايمكنك مشاهده الروابط لانك غير مسجل لدينا [ للتسجيل اضغط هنا ] after Tuesday's press conference.
you will still be accused until you receive your acquittal from the
court, and this is an issue that will be left to the court itself, we
will not give any kind of direction in this case."
The prosecution of doctors drew international criticism, and rights
groups said the medics were being punished for helping civilians who had
been attacked by state security forces during anti-government
The case is technically a retrial. It was moved to a civil court
after a military court in September sentenced the 20 doctors and other
medical staff to jail terms of up to 15 years on charges including
incitement to overthrow the government and attempting to occupy a
Some of the doctors took part in a protest inside the Salmaniya
hospital grounds and spoke to television channels from inside the
hospital. Government witnesses have said they were planning to stockpile
weapons and take hostages.
Michael Posner, the US assistant secretary of state, said last month
that Bahrain should seek "alternatives to criminal prosecution" in the
Bahrain is a key ally to Washington in its conflict with Iran over
its nuclear programme, hosting the US navy's Fifth Fleet. But the United
States is trying to end continuing violence by pushing the government
to talk to the opposition.
Clashes occur daily between riot police and youths in Shia Muslim districts.
The Sunni-dominated government describes the youths, who throw petrol
bombs at police, as vandals and says opposition groups should do more
to rein them in.
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