Some charges against Bahraini doctors are dropped, but more serious crimes are added

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6910
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

A civilian court in Bahrain has announced that some charges against 20 health professionals would be dropped and that a new trial would begin to assess allegations that they committed more serious crimes against the state during political protests earlier this year.

The announcement from the High Court of Appeal came after an international outcry over sentences of between five and 15 years in jail handed to the 20 in September by a special national safety court with a military judge (BMJ 2011;343:d6336, doi:10.1136/bmj.d6336).

The public prosecution said that it would drop charges of disseminating false information, inciting hatred of the government, and encouraging others to commit crimes. It would …

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