Prosecution says no tear gas found on teenager’s body

September 6, 2011

Bahrain’s public prosecution said that lab tests on the body and clothes of a teenager who was killed last week proved that there was no trace of tear gas.

“The experts concluded that the body and the clothes did not have element that could indicate that the deceased man from Sitra had been exposed to tear gas,” a public prosecution official said at a press conference in Manama.

The death of Ali Jawad Ahmad, 14, in Sitra on Wednesday waded into controversy after political and rights groups said that a tear gas canister had been shot in his face, causing his demise, while the police insisted that it was not linked to the fatal incident and that none of its personnel was present at the place and time of the drama.

Intense efforts

The public prosecution official said that intense efforts were being deployed to identify the people who took the adolescent to the health centre.

The fact that they did not identify themselves then or later and have not come forward to present their testimonies is a source of doubts and questions about the death, the official said.

The interior ministry last week announced a BD10,000 ($24,600) reward for information that could elucidate the teenager’s death.



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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