Bahrain postpones tongue-cutting trial to June 16

June 8, 2011

Bahrain’s national safety court of first instance on Wednesday adjourned to June 16 the trial of nine Bahrainis on charges of cutting out the tongue of an expatriate.

The 23-year-old Asian was attacked on March 13 during a spate of attacks on foreigners targeted by radical demonstrators as they moved from the former Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Roundabout to central Manama.

However, the nine men at the trial denied the charges and said that they were innocent. Their claim was supported by their lawyers. The prosecutor said there was ample evidence to charge the nine men.

The court said that postponement of the trial until next Thursday would allow some of the defendants to be checked by legal doctors and lawyers to have a copy of the case papers. Verdicts by the lower court can be appealed at the National Safety Court of Appeals.



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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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