Bahraini doctors are promised civilian trials after protests over harsh sentences

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6475
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Bahraini authorities seem to have ceded to international pressure and ordered a retrial of the 20 health workers convicted in late September to up to 15 years for alleged antigovernment activities while treating injured protesters earlier this year (BMJ 2011;343:d6336, doi:10.1136/bmj.d6336).

Bahrain’s attorney general, Ali Alboainain, announced on Wednesday 5 October that the 20 should be “retried before the ordinary courts” after widespread complaints of an unfair trial by the special court whose military judge handed down the harsh sentences.

“The Department of Public Prosecutions seeks to establish the truth and to enforce the law, while protecting the rights of the accused,” he …

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