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Bahraini authorities jail 23 medical staff for three months for role in protests

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8004
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 23 medical professionals to three months in jail or a fine of 200 dinars (£330; €410; $530) for taking part in protests against the authorities last year.

The defendants, 11 doctors, several nurses, and other medical professionals, “committed crimes and violations, breaching the law and the [medical] norms,” said the prosecutor Abdulrahman al-Sayyed, according to the state news service BNA. They have been charged with “taking part in unauthorised demonstrations.”

The 23, all of them Shia, were among a larger group who were accused of acting against …

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