Abuses and Trials Continue in Bahrain
The POMED WIRE June 27, 2011
The trial of 28 doctors and nurses resumed today, with the judge refusing to allow defense witnesses to testify. The state-run Bahrain News Agency reports that a representative of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights was present at the trial today, which is untrue according to reports from the centre. The next hearing for the doctors is scheduled for July 6th, and for the nurses on July 10th. Several doctors have been summoned to the Ministry of Health for a disciplinary hearing, with some of them being suspended. Reports indicate that numerous doctors, teachers, and school security guards have been suspended for sectarian reasons in the past two weeks. And the Ministry of Health has stopped recruiting Shia medical professionals, requesting that they look for other jobs.
According to initial reports, the appeal of 21 prominent opposition figures convicted last week will be held on Wednesday. Their trial concluded with 8 of the activists being sentenced to life in prison. Among those sentenced was prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi AlKhawajah, who has been taken to a military hospital after being beaten after his sentence. The regime appears to be targeting Alkawajah, holding an event at Riffa Mall today to acquire signatures for a petition against the activist.
Ministry of Social Development head Fatima AlBaloushi recently told Gulf Daily News that with normalcy returning to Bahrain, cases not yet tried before tribunals would be transferred to civilian courts. Yet reports indicate that military trials continue despite official claims that these trials have been abolished. For example, writer and researcher Abbas AlMurshed was presented to military court today.