Bahrain panel time frame may be extended

August 2, 2011

An international panel tasked with investigating the five months of demonstrations and security unrest in Bahrain has received more than 750 complaints, its head has said.

“We have so far received 752 online complaints that we will be looking into,” Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni said.

The e-mails were a mixture of complaints and points of view. Several groups and individuals rushed into air their grievances and views soon after Bassiouni announced the formation of the international panel.

Headed by Bassiouni, the commission includes Judge Philippe Kirsch of Canada and Belgium, Professor Sir Nigel Simon Rodley, KBE of the UK, Dr Mahnoush Arsanjani of Iran, and Dr Badria Al Awadhi of Kuwait.

The panel expects to finish its investigation by the end of August or in early September, and will hand over its findings to King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa in October.

However, Bassiouni, an Egyptian-American, did not rule out extending the timeframe, “if need be to complete our investigations”.

The five-member panel will post the report on its website, Bassiouni said in Manama on Sunday evening. However, according to Bassiouni, secrecy will be paramount throughout the investigation.

The commission was set up after King Hamad called for the high-profile investigation to put an end to the controversies and clashing reports about what has happened in Bahrain since February 14, when the protests erupted.



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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