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Doctors who treated protesters in Bahrain are given 15 year sentences

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 30 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6336
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

A military judge in Bahrain has sentenced 20 doctors and nurses who treated injured antigovernment protesters to up to 15 years in jail.

In a seven minute session of a security court set up under a state of emergency imposed earlier this year the military judge gave 15 year sentences to 13 of the 20 and five and 10 year sentences to the others. The session was attended by lawyers for the accused and some representatives of foreign governments and human rights groups. The doctors and nurses, who had been released on bail after being detained in previous months, have been ordered to present themselves to police or …

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