Pakistani murder trial adjourned to July 5

June 19, 2011

A Bahrain court on Sunday adjourned the trial of 15 defendants charged with killing a Pakistani national to July 5.

Abdullah Malek Abdullah was killed in March at the height of the political turmoil that hit Bahrain following the death of two Bahrainis on the first and second days of the demonstrations launched on February 14.

Several foreigners were attacked after radical demonstrators moved from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Roundabout, the epicentre of the protests, to downtown Manama where they brought the capital to a standstill. Several foreigners were attacked, mainly in the old Suq area.

Arguing that the 15 defendants had planned the murder and beat the victim to death after ransacking his home in Manama, the prosecutor asked the National Safety Court of First Instance to sentence them to the maximum penalty.

According to the prosecutor, there was ample compelling evidence to condemn the accused.

However, the defence team said that the defendants were innocent and that the evidence presented to the court was not conclusive.

According to the lawyers, the case was a street fight in Manama and urged the court to change the charges from “premeditated murder” to “beating that resulted in death”.

In another case, the court also adjourned the trial of a former lawmaker to July 5 to pronounce its sentence.

The National Safety Court of First Instance made the decision after the defence team said that Jawad Fairooz, who represented Al Wefaq, the largest political and religious society, in the 2006-2010 lower chamber and was re-elected in October before resigning in February, was not guilty of the charges of incitement to the hatred of the regime and disseminating malicious rumours.



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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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