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Promise of retrial for Bahraini doctors was for Western eyes only

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6567 (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6567
  1. Sophie Arie,
  2. Muiris Houston
  1. 1London
  2. 2Galway

The 20 health professionals in Bahrain who were given long jail sentences by a military court for alleged antigovernment activity will not get a full retrial, despite an announcement last week that calmed international concerns, a lawyer representing one of the accused has said.

Bahrain’s attorney general, Ali Alboainain, announced on 5 October that the 20, who were accused of attempting to topple the regime while treating injured political protesters earlier this year, should be “retried before the ordinary courts” after an international outcry over the sentences of between five and 15 years handed down at the end of September (BMJ 2011;343:d6475, doi:10.1136/bmj.d6475).

“By virtue of the retrials, the accused will have the benefit of full re-evaluation of evidence and full opportunity to present their defence,” …

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