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31 July 2016

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP


Suspect held over bomb
attack dies in Bahraini
jail
A Bahraini suspect held for
questioning in connection
with a bomb attack that
killed a woman in late
June has died in prison, a
local newspaper reported
on Sunday, while another
news website has suggested
he may have died under
torture.
The interior ministry said in
a statement that a detainee
held on unspecified charges
died at a hospital on
Saturday evening of "natural
causes".
The statement did not
name the detainee, but the

Arabic-language al-Wassat
newspaper identified him
as
35-year-old
Hassan
Jassem Hassan al-Hayki
and said he was being held
in connection with the
bombing in the village of alAker.
"The detainee, who was held
protectively, was suffering
from a health problem,"
the statement said, without
giving any details.

Another
news
website
which often reflects the
views of Shi'ite Muslim
opposition groups quoted
the family as saying that he
had complained of severe
torture to force him to
confess to charges of links to
the bombing.

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"medical
condition"
and had been referred
to a doctor. Questions
sent to the ministry
seeking clarification went
unanswered.

Bahrain: Detainee Dies


of 'Medical Condition'
in Custody
A detainee being held in
the Gulf island kingdom
of Bahrain has died while
in custody, authorities
announced Sunday.
The Ministry of Interior
said in a statement that the
unidentified detainee died
of natural causes after being
taken to the Salmaniya
Medical
Complex.
It
gave no further details
on
the
circumstances
of his death other than
that he was suffering
from
an
unspecified

Bahrain's
Sunni-led
government has faced years
of low-level unrest following
its crushing of a 2011 Arab
Spring-inspired
uprising
led by the country's Shiite
majority. Authorities have
intensified a crackdown
on political opponents and
activists in recent weeks,
and earlier this month
ordered the country's main
Shiite opposition group, alWefaq, to be dissolved.

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