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21.11.2019: Withdrawal of Urgent Action

In light of new information, Amnesty no longer believes Osama Muhana al-Tamimi has been targeted or harassed by the government in 2019.

Amnesty apologizes to those in the Urgent Action network who have invested energy in the case.

→ For transparency reasons, we decided to keep the original case informations published.

Former Bahraini parliamentarian arrested

AI-Index: MDE 11/0858/2019

On 6 August 2019, members of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) arrested former Bahraini parliamentarian Osama Jaber Muhana al-Tamimi at his home. The CID announced that he had been arrested for fraud. Since 2012, government authorities have subjected Osama al-Tamimi to false accusations in the government-linked press. In recent months, he has been summoned several times for questioning, while several unresolved crimes have targeted his personal businesses.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Former MP Osama Jaber Muhana al-Tamimi was known as a harsh critic of the government while in parliament and as one of the few Sunni parliamentarians willing to speak out against the Sunni ruling elite’s repression of the majority Shi’a population. In an April 2012 speech, he called for the resignation of the Prime Minister which was a key demand of the 2011 uprising. On 20 May 2014, the Council of Representatives removed him from parliament in a secret vote following deliberations behind closed doors.

Since 2012, Osama al-Tamimi has been subjected to a pattern of harassment by government authorities and false accusations in the government-linked press, while several unresolved crimes have targeted al-Tamimi’s personal safety and businesses.

In July 2013, an unexplained fire destroyed the boxing training club owned by Osama al-Tamimi in the town of Salmabad. In September 2013, the newspaper al-Ayam, alleged on the basis of a fabricated document that the U.S. Embassy had «recruited» al-Tamimi «to serve American interests.»

In November 2016, Osama al-Tamimi was sentenced to a month in prison accused of insulting a police officer. Upon his release after completion of his sentence in 2017, he was forced to pay over $66,000 USD at the al-Hoora police station. The authorities told him orally that if he did not pay the amount he would be sent back to prison.

On 4 June 2019, Osama al-Tamimi’s Caliber Gym was gutted by a second unexplained fire.

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