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Bahrain accuses 47 medical professionals of “acting against the state”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2928 (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2928
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Bahrain is to put 47 medical professionals on trial in a military court for allegedly acting against the state during pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

The 23 doctors and 24 nurses face charges including “promoting efforts to bring down the government” and “harming the public by spreading false news.”

Since protests led by the country’s Shiite majority began in February, Bahrain’s Sunni rulers have arrested hundreds of protesters, opposition leaders, and people deemed to be supporting the protesters. The main hospital in the capital, Manama, became a shelter for protesters during the crackdown, and staff members were arrested for …

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