Medical staff detained in Bahrain are released on bail after hunger strike

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5749
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Bahrain’s authorities have released 12 medical professionals facing charges of anti-state activity during pro-democracy protests in February and March after they went on hunger strike.

A military prosecutor, Yousuf Rashid Flaifal, said they were being released on bail pending a final verdict on their cases scheduled for 29 September.

The health of the 12—nine doctors, one paramedic, and two nurses—had deteriorated while they were in jail and many told their lawyers they had been tortured and forced into making confessions. Several had become unwell after they stopped eating—one had reportedly had a stroke and one was …

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