Bahrain transfers security-related cases to regular civil courts

June 26, 2011

Cases against suspects in security-related incidents that have not been reviewed by Bahrain’s national safety court of first instance have been transferred to civil courts, a senior official has said.

The three-judge court, one military and two civilians, was set up to look into the dozens of cases brought against opposition leaders and suspects arrested during and after the political turmoil and security unrest that hit Bahrain in February, especially in the second week of March.

The court has issued four death sentences, two of which were commuted by the court of appeals to life in prison while the other two will be reviewed by the cassation court in September.

The court last week sentenced in a high-profile case eight senior opposition figures to life in prison and ten to 15 years.

“We welcome the decision to transfer the cases of the deplorable incidents to regular courts,” Fatima Al Beloushi, the minister of human rights and social development, said. “Such a step is a strong indication of Bahrain’s keenness on applying the highest rights and legal standards,” she said.

According to the minister, the transfer of the cases is part of moves to “ensure the most positive settings to continue the forward-looking movement towards more reforms.”

“The national safety lower court and the national safety courts of appeals have assumed their responsibilities and did address the cases related to the exceptional conditions that Bahrain had witnessed,” she said. “Now that the situation is back to normal, the transfer of the remaining cases to the regular courts is the natural thing to do.”



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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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