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FI 139/11-5
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The trial resumed, however the judge refused to release them and the revision of their verdict has been postponed until 23 April. Since the calls will not change, we will not be issuing an update but would like to ask to continue sending appeals as outlined in the attached Urgent Action and we will update when we have more information

Le procès a repris lundi 2 avril 2012. Toutefois, le juge a refusé de libérer les militants et la révision du verdict prononcé contre eu a été reportée au 23 avril. Comme les recommandations pour les appels ne changeront pas, nous ne diffuserons pas de nouvelle mise à jour. Par contre, nous souhaitons demander de continuer à envoyer des appels comme indiqué dans l'action complémentaire ci-jointe et nous diffuserons une mise à jour lorsque nous obtiendrons plus d'informations.

 

Activist’s sentences to be reviewed

AI-Index: MDE 11/019/2012

The Court of Cassation in Bahrain is set to review the verdict and sentences imposed on 14 opposition activists. Amnesty International is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.

On 2 April the Court of Cassation will review the verdict and sentences imposed on 14 opposition activists: Hassan Mshaima’, ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, ‘Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Mohammad Habib al-Miqdad, Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad, Sa’eed Mirza al-Nuri, Mohammad Hassan Jawwad, Mohammad ‘Ali Ridha Isma’il, Abdullah al-Mahroos, ‘Abdul-Hadi ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Mukhodher, Ebrahim Sharif , Salah ‘Abdullah Hubail al-Khawaja and Al-Hur Yousef al-Somaikh.

The 14, along with seven other Bahraini opposition activists who were tried in their absence, had been convicted by Bahrain's National Safety Court, a military court, on 22 June 2011. The 14, who were present in court, were sentenced to between two years and life in prison on charges including “setting up terror groups to topple the royal regime and change the constitution”. On 28 September 2011, in a session that lasted only a few minutes, the National Safety Court of Appeal, a military appeal court, upheld all the convictions and sentences imposed on the defendants.

The 14 are held in Jaw prison in the capital, Manama. One of them, ‘Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, has now been on hunger strike for 50 days, and his health has deteriorated substantially. His lawyer told Amnesty International he has lost 16kg since his arrest, most of which since his hunger strike began on 8 February and that he intends to stop taking glucose and minerals in a few days’ time and only drink water by way of sustenance.

On the basis of the research it has conducted into the cases, Amnesty International believes that none of the 14 used or advocated violence during the popular protests of February and March 2011 and no such evidence was shown by the authorities during the trial. The organization accordingly considers the 14 to be prisoners of conscience imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Additional Information

The 14 opposition activists were arrested between 17 March and 9 April 2011. Most were arrested in the middle of the night by groups of several security officers who raided their houses and took them to an unknown location, where they were held incommunicado for weeks. Many of the 14 defendants alleged they were tortured during their first few days of detention when they were being interrogated by officers from the National Security Agency (NSA), an intelligence gathering body. None of the 14 was allowed to see their lawyers during NSA interrogations just after they were arrested. Some saw their lawyers during questioning by the military prosecutor ahead of the trial, while others were only allowed to see them during the first court hearing in May 2011, which was the first time any of the activists saw their families following their arrest.

On 22 June, Bahrain's National Safety Court, a military court, announced its verdict. Seven of the 14 activists were sentenced to life imprisonment: Hassan Mshaima’, ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, ‘Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Mohammad Habib al-Miqdad, Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad and Sa’eed Mirza al-Nuri. Four people, Mohammad Hassan Jawwad, Mohammad ‘Ali Ridha Isma’il, Abdullah al-Mahroos and ‘Abdul-Hadi ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Mukhodher, were sentenced to 15 years in prison. Two people, Ebrahim Sharif and Salah ‘Abdullah Hubail al-Khawaja, brother of ‘Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, were given five-year prison terms while Al-Hur Yousef al-Somaikh received a prison sentence of two years.

An Amnesty International observer was present at one of the appeal sessions, on 6 September. The observer concluded that no evidence was presented in court proving that the defendants had committed a crime and used or advocated violence.


Names: Hassan Mshaima’, ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, ‘Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Mohammad Habib al-Miqdad, Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad and Sa’eed Mirza al-Nuri. Four people, Mohammad Hassan Jawwad, Mohammad ‘Ali Ridha Isma’il, Abdullah al-Mahroos and ‘Abdul-Hadi ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Mukhodher, Ebrahim Sharif, Salah ‘Abdullah Hubail al-Khawaja, Al-Hur Yousef al-Somaikh

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