It’s up to Bahrain’s king now, if and when prisoners Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Ali Moosa will be executed. All legal procedures have been exhausted, and the king has to decide whether to commute their sentences, pardon them, or order the executions. A life and death decision. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and all that.

Their families are waiting, obviously fearfully, for an indication of what will happen. Last weekend the relatives of three other prisoners were hastily summoned for what turned out to be a final visit. The king had ratified their sentences the week before and the day after the visit the three men were each shot four times in the chest, Bahrain’s first executions since 2010.

 

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