Injured Bahraini fisherman’s family pleads for his repatriation

July 21, 2010

The family of a Bahraini fisherman who has been unable to leave Qatar despite a court clearance has appealed to the competent authorities in Bahrain to help repatriate him.

“We have been suffering as a family because of his absence for more than two months,” the wife of Adel Al Taweel, said. “We are worried about his health and his well-being and we are pained by the events. We urge all the competent authorities in Bahrain to help find a solution to his plight after the Qatari interior ministry and public prosecutor have not been able to reach an agreement over allowing him to leave Doha,” the wife said.

Al Taweel has been detained in Qatar since May when he was shot by Qatari coastguards for allegedly ignoring warning calls to leave Qatari waters where he reportedly strayed on a fishing trip.

He was treated at a local hospital and subsequently put on trial for entering Qatar illegally and resisting arrest. A court this month said that he could go home to Bahrain pending a trial in October. However, he was barred from leaving amid confusion on who will sign his papers to fly or sail out of Qatar and despite several calls from his family and human rights watchdogs he has remained in Doha. Bahrain’s embassy in Qatar has been paying for his stay.

“We were really pleased with the court decision to lift the travel ban earlier this month, but we were later disappointed when he was not allowed to board the plane,” his wife said. “However, we have high hopes in our government and we are fully confident that a solution would be reached soon based on the special relations between Manama and Doha,” his wife said.

In May, 107 Bahraini and Asian fishermen were detained by Qatar allegedly for straying into its waters. All Bahrainis, except for Al Taweel, were later released, following high level talks on the issue. Some Asian fishermen are still held by Qatar, rights activists said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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