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23 Nov 2016

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP


Bahrain
foreign
ministry
rejects
findings of Amnesty
report on torture
Bahrain's foreign ministry
rejected on Wednesday the
findings of an Amnesty
International
report
published this week, which
said torture and other forms
of ill-treatment persist in
the Gulf kingdom.
The ministry said in a
statement the report was
inaccurate and selective in
saying that new oversight
bodies, such as the Ministry
of Interior's ombudsman,
lacked independence.

did not address Amnesty's


findings of ongoing abuses
by security forces, nor its
allegations of impunity for
unlawful killings, injuries,
torture and other illtreatment since November
2011.

The ombudsman's office,


commenting on Monday
after the report was issued,
questioned its accuracy
on certain specific cases,
but also pledged to study
its content carefully as it
continues to develop its
expertise.
.

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A Bahraini court has


sentenced six people to life
in prison for targeting police
by planting a bomb near
the entrance to the town
of Maameer in May last
year, the kingdom's public
prosecution office said on
Wednesday.
The six had already been
convicted of planting the
bomb, the office's statement
on its official Instagram
page said. The device had
been disabled before it could
explode, it said.
Bahrain, which hosts the

Six Sentenced to Life


for Bahrain Police
Murder Plot
A
court
in
Bahrain
sentenced six people today
to life in prison after finding
them guilty of involvement
in a plot to kill police officers
with explosives.
The six, two of whom were
tried in absentia, were
found guilty of attempted
murder and possession
of explosives in a Shiite
village near Manama in May
2015, prosecutors said in a
statement.
They said the explosives
were discovered in AlMaamir before they could

The statement carried by


state news agency BNA

Bahrain
sentences
six to life in prison
for attempted police
bombing

be detonated.

U.S. Fifth Fleet, has grappled


with persistent, low-level
violence between largely
Shi'ite demonstrators and
police since the government
crushed an Arab Springinspired protest movement
in 2011.
Majority Bahraini Shi'ites
say the Sunni Muslimdominated
government
discriminates against them,
while authorities deny
that and say opposition
politicians are trying to
undermine security.
Rights groups including
Amnesty International have
criticized the kingdom's lack
of an independent judiciary
and accused its security
forces of committing torture
and other forms of illtreatment with impunity.

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Bahrain has been shaken by


unrest since security forces
crushed Shiite-led protests
demanding a constitutional
monarchy and an elected
prime minister in 2011.
Despite
repeated
calls
from their Western allies,
Bahrain's Sunni rulers have
made no concessions to the
Shiite opposition and have
intensified a crackdown on
critics.
Scores of Shiites have
been jailed on charges of
involvement in the unrest
and others have been
stripped of their citizenship.
The crackdown has drawn
criticism from the United
Nations and the United
States.

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