Bahrain dissidents face possible Christmas Day death sentences

      Published on Friday, 27 December , 2019      443      
Bahrain dissidents face possible Christmas Day death sentences

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Two Bahraini dissidents could be handed death sentences on Christmas Day in a bid by Bahrain to bury controversial news, rights groups say.

Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa were convicted in 2014 for a bomb attack that killed a policeman in trials marred by allegations of torture and inadequate legal representation, international rights groups including ReprieveHuman Rights Watch and Amnesty International said.

The pair have denied the allegation, their arrests coming amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent after pro-democracy protests rocked the U.S. Gulf allybetween 2011 and 2014.

“We fear the worst, because this isn’t the first time the Bahraini authorities have cynically scheduled a death penalty verdict on Christmas Day,” said Maya Foa, director of Reprieve, a London-based group that campaigns for prisoners’ rights.

“Mohammed and Husain only secured a case review after a public outcry over their farcical first trial. Handing down the judgement while attention is elsewhere is a calculated attempt to avoid scrutiny.”

The press section of Bahrain’s London embassy was not immediately available for comment.

Category Bahrain News | 2019/12/27 latest update at 9:55 AM
Source : Euronews | Photocredit : Google
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