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Bahraini doctors deny anti-state activities

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3755
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Some 20 doctors have appeared on trial in Bahrain, denying charges of anti-state activities during pro-democracy protests that began in February.

They were accused of taking over and controlling the Salmaniya medical complex, Manama’s main state hospital; using violence in a government building (the hospital); and kidnapping people in the hospital and keeping them prisoner inside.

The prosecution said that automatic weapons and ammunition were discovered in Salmaniya Hospital. The military seized control of the hospital after imposing martial law in March and arrested staff members, saying that the medical complex had become an opposition coordination centre (BMJ …

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