Bahrain’s Cassation Court postpones police killings trial

November 28, 2011
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Bahrain’s Cassation Court on Monday postponed its verdict on the death sentences and life terms against seven Bahrainis who allegedly killed two policemen to January 9.

Seven defendants have been charged with “deliberately killing” Kashef Ahmad Manzour and Mohammad Farouq Abdul Samad, both working for the interior ministry.

The National Safety Court of First Instance ruled in late in April that Ali Abdullah Hassan Al Singees, Qassim Hassan Mattar Ahmad, Saeed Abdul Jalil Saeed and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rida Ebrahim Hussain should be executed for their alleged role in the policemen’s death on March 16.

The lower court also sentenced Eisa Abdullah Kadhem Ali, Syed Sadiq Ali Mahdi and Hussain Jaafar Abdul Kareem to life in prison.

However, the National Safety Court of Appeal commuted the death penalties of Qassim Hassan and Saeed Abdul Jalil to life in prison, but upheld all the life terms.

According to the case papers, the defendants hit the policemen with large vans and then ran over them in an open area near the former Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Roundabout, popularly known as the Pearl Roundabout, the epicentre of the protests and the focal point of the demonstrations.

Trauma the cause of death

In its report, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), set up by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, to examine the events that hit Bahrain in February and March and their consequences, said that the death certificate of Kashif Ahma Mandhour “states that the cause of death was head and chest trauma, damage to internal organs and internal bleeding, as well as a fracture to the left leg.”

“The Commission received information that the deceased was searching cars at the GCC Roundabout, along with 15 other police officers, when he and a colleague were struck by a car.”

The death certificate of Mohammad Farouq Abdul Samad “states that the cause of death was a severe head injury and hypovolemic shock,” the BICI said.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-s-cassation-court-postpones-police-killings-trial-1.939066

         

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