In January 2017, Bahrain carried out the politically-motivated executions of three men – Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima and Ali al-Singace. All were sentenced to death on the basis of forced ‘confessions’ given under torture. Two more prisoners – Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa – face imminent execution. Both were tortured into providing false confessions and then sentenced on the basis of torture confessions.

Amid these abuses, there are worrying signs that Britain is helping to prop up Bahrain’s death penalty system.

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