On 26 July the Public Prosecution referred 138 men including Ali Isa al-Tajer and 52 others in their absence for trial on terrorism charges. It took the Criminal Court in Manama, the capital, two sessions on 23 August and 3 October to process all the defendants as they could not all fit in the court room at once. Ali Isa al-Tajer is facing several charges including joining an illegal terrorist organization to overthrow the government by force and funding, sheltering and providing weapons to members of this group. Ali Isa al-Tajer told the judge that he had lodged complaints with the Ombudsman of the Ministry of Interior and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in which he stated that his confessions were extracted under torture and that he was forced to sign them while blindfolded. The judge did not respond at all to the allegations. The next session has been scheduled for 3 November and he remains held in Dry Dock prison in Manama.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Urging the authorities to promptly complete their investigation onto Ali Isa al-Tajer’s torture allegations, publish the results, and bring any perpetrators responsible to justice;
- Calling on them to disregard any confessions extracted under torture in any proceeding against him;
- Calling on them to ensure that he has access to appropriate medical care and treatment including being taken to his previously arranged appointments with medical consultants.
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Dr. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 342 1111 I Fax: 1 202 362 2192 I Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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