Lawyers check on Bahrain defendents’ health conditions, discuss case

October 22, 2011

The lawyers of the defendants being tried on charges of attempting to topple the political regime in Bahrain were able to meet their clients, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.

The visit allowed the lawyers to check the physical state of the suspects, including the medical condition of Hassan Mushaima, and to discuss the next measures related to their case, the news agency said.

Rumours political activist’s health had deteriorated

Rumours last week circulated in Bahrain that the health of Mushaima, the secretary-general of Haq Movement for Liberty and Democracy, a movement that has refused to join mainstream politics, has gravely deteriorated.

His family said that Mushaima, who whose case is being reviewed following the confirmation by the appeals court of an initial court ruling to life in prison, had been denied treatment for cancer by prison authorities.

However, an official from the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) rejected the charge, saying that “current claims regarding the alleged deterioration of the condition and mistreatment in prison of Hassan Mushaima, recently sentenced for plotting to overthrow the government, are unfounded”.

‘No recurrence of cancer’

“The government can confirm that there has been no recurrence of cancer, according to medical records and an extensive check-up only 22 days ago. Regular healthcare, monitoring and medication to prevent recurrence will continue to be provided on a regular basis while he is in detention.”

Mushaima and 20 other men, including Ebrahim Sharif, the leader of the National Democratic Action Society “Waad”, have been jailed since March on charges of plotting to overthrow the regime.

A report by an independent international commission on the events that hit Bahrain in February and March and their consequences is expected on October 30.



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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