Bahrain allows visitation rights to network suspects

September 21, 2010

Bahrain’s public prosecutor has allowed visitation rights to the families of 23 people arrested on charges of forming a terror network.

Each of the suspects will be allowed one visit per week in line with the existing procedures, Ali Al Buainain said on Tuesday.

“Visits were initially limited because of the investigation requirements,” Al Buainian said. “However, in line with the public prosecution’s considerations for the social and humanitarian dimensions and its keenness on the suspects’ rights regardless of the accusations, it has been decided to allow visitation rights and communication between the accused and their families,” he said.

Several international rights watchdogs have called upon the Bahraini authorities to release the suspects or at least to ensure that their rights were upheld.

Prosecution officials said that they were complying with the stipulations of the human rights covenants signed by Manama.

The 23 suspects were arrested in August and the National Security Agency (NSA) said that they were members of a network with international links that plotted to change the political regime by using illegal means and to undermine Bahrain’s security and stability.

According to the authorities, the suspects were the top and middle leaders of a wide network that was funded by religious figures and businessmen. However, two of the top leaders live in London and have been charged in absentia.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has called upon the British authorities to deport Gulf nationals who incited violence and sabotage in their home countries.




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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