Bahrain denies claims it stopped paying for Mshaima’s cancer treatment

August 29, 2010

Bahrain on Sunday evening denied as “untrue and lacking credibility” reports that it had stopped financing the treatment of Hassan Mshaima, the head of Haq Movement, from cancer.

The activist this summer said that he was suffering from cancer and told supporters that he would be traveling to Turkey and then to Britain for treatment. Bloggers said that the government was paying for the treatment and recent postings said that the health ministry has now decided to cut off the financial assistance.

“The claims that the Bahraini government has decided to stop paying for the treatment of Hassan Mshaima are blatant lies and an attempt by some people to change facts for self-serving purposes,” the medical attaché at the Bahraini embassy in London said. “The health ministry had sent Hassan Mshaima to Turkey for medical diagnosis and later to Britain for treatment with the Bahraini government paying for all expenses. The health ministry has not stopped the financing, and the Bahraini embassy in London was in fact asked to cover all expenses in the most appropriate way.”

However, Mshaima has now turned down the financial sponsoring, saying that there were other sources who will pay and that he did not want anything from the Bahraini government even though his treatment until recently has been paid by Bahrain, the medical attaché said.

“Hassan Mshaima has been under pressure from his son Ali to take this new stance towards the government even though paying for the treatment was mainly a humanitarian issue unrelated to politics or propaganda,” the attaché said, quoted by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

The news agency, quoting sources it did not name, said that Bahrain would contact Interpol for the arrest of instigators implicated in the terror and violence affecting Bahrain.

“All instigators whether living in Bahrain or abroad will face legal action and strict measures and Bahrain will contact Interpol to help in the arrest of those who are involved in terror crimes,” BNA reported.

The authorities have often blamed a group of Bahrainis living in Britain for instigating acts of sabotage and terror to undermine security in Bahrain.



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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