Bahraini activists face brutal repression

28 04 2011

This just in from the BBC

Hundreds of people have been detained for taking part in protests, many unable to communicate with family.

The seven defendants were reportedly tried behind closed doors on charges of premeditated murder of government employees – allegedly running two police officers over in a car.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges, reports said.

The trial was the first publicly announced since the Gulf state was put under martial law in mid-March.

Who’s got odds that the charges have been falsified to give a legal veneer to the proceedings and an excuse to execute some “meddlesome kids”?

Al Jazeera has some more details…

The seven defendants were tried behind closed doors on charges of premeditated murder of government employees, which their lawyers have denied.

A Shia opposition official named those sentenced to death as Ali Abdullah Hasan, Qasim Hassan Mattar, Saeed Abdul Jalil Saeed, and Abdul Aziz Abdullah Ibrahim.

He told the AFP news agency that Issa Abdullah Kazem, Sadiq Ali Mahdi, and Hussein Jaafar Abdul Karim were
sentenced to life in prison.

Sheikh Ali Salman,  president of Bahrain’s Al Wefaq, the largest Shia political group in the country, told Al Jazeera that the punishments did not fit the crime.

“I believe that these sentences should be revised and the international community must intervene to stop this,” he said.

He added that the proceedings were “unprecedented” and that question marks remain over the conditions the detainees are living in.








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