Bahrain : Concerns of Imminent Execution of 3 Detainees After Being Tortured and Accused of Killing an Emirati Officer
Bahrain Human Rights Center voiced deep concerns about the increasing risk of imminent execution of three detainees. Unofficial news have spread via some pro-government social media accounts stating that the king of Bahrain has already ratified the death penalty of three detainees who were tortured to force their confessions in the case of policemen death on 2 March 2014, including an Emarati policeman.
The final death sentence was imposed by the Supreme Court on 9 January 2017, on Sami Mushaimu'a, Abbas Al-Samee'a and Ali Al-Sankees. The same court ordered for the denationalization of the named detainees.
The authority has asked their families for urgent unplanned visits earlier today January 14th, 2017 which were held in Jaw prison. This is considered one of the procedures stated by the Criminal Procedures Law and seen as a strong evidence of the authority's intentions to schedule the execution soon.
Bahrain Human Rights Center has documented earlier that the three detainees have been subjected to torture and humiliation in order to force them confess the killing of the Emirati officer. They were also threatened by the office of the attorney to being tortured more in case of not confessing.
This sentence is a violation to article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which announces that 'everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.', especially when they are deprived of their right of a fair trial.
On the basis of all the previous facts, Bahrain Human Rights Center requests exerting pressure on Bahrain government from the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Nations, and the European Unions to:
- Stop the execution immediately.
- Investigate the claims of torture.
- Release all activists and detainees who were arrested for practicing their rights of peaceful demonstrating, and asking for their legal rights.