Saturday, February 03, 2007

Bahrain Prisoners Update

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights has issued a press release:
"After a 7 hour wait and interrogation, the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights Mr. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and Mr. Hassan Mushaima, the Secretary General of the Bahraini HAQ Democratic Movement as well as a third activist, Shaker Abdul-Hussein, were released on bail on Friday night. The charges against them are related to state security crimes including: an intention to change the governing system of the country, circulating false information, insulting the king and inciting hatred against the regime in accordance to articles 160, 165, 168, 172, 173 & 214 of the much criticized Bahraini Penal Code of 1976. If sentenced, the activist can face more than 10 years imprisonment.

"The release of the activists came following the eruption of demonstrations and intense clashes with security forces in several different parts of the country in reponse to the arrests this morning."

Here's Gulf News on the clashes:
"Their arrest triggered a protest in which riot police armed with tear gas clashed with about 200 Shiites.

"Some protesters said at least 10 people were wounded by rubber bullets that the riot police used."


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