Bahrain probe commission meets National Safety Law prisoners

August 25, 2011

Bassiouni meeting prisoners

Bassiouni discussed the facility conditions, the personal circumstances of their arrest and their trials, allegations of torture and the status of the legal proceedings against them, BICI said.

The head of the five-member commission also visited the military public prosecutor and discussed the status of all cases under the National Security Law.

The meetings were part of a series of visits conducted by the BICI within the mandate of its investigation of the events of February and March 2011 and their consequences.

Bahrain’s probe commission chief has reviewed legal status and detention conditions of prisoners held under the National Safety Law, the commission has said.

“Prof M. Cherif Bassiouni, the Chair of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), visited Al Qurain Prison where he met all the prisoners indicted under the National Safety Law,” the BICI said on Wednesday evening.

“Among those were the 14 political prisoners, convicted of collaboration in an attempt to overthrow the Bahrain regime and government. The prisoners were Ebrahim Sharif, Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, Hussain Mushaima, Abdul Wahab Hussain, Jalil Singace, Mohammad Al Saffaf, Saeed Ahmad, Abdul Jalil Al Moqdad, Salah Al Khawaja, Mohammad Jawad, Abdul Hadi Hassan, Al Hurr Mohammad, Abdullah Al Mahroos and Mohammad Esmail.”

Torture allegations

BICI staff have met a range of political and civic organisations as well as prisoners and detainees, health workers, trade union activists and representatives of large commercial organisations.

Human rights

The commission has also issued two strong denials that at least one of its members had resigned and shut down its offices three days following verbal abuses and aggressions. However, the commission said that it would continue its work.

Established by a royal decree, the commission has been asked to determine whether the events of February and March 2011 and thereafter involved violations of international human rights law and norms, and to make the recommendations that it deems appropriate.



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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