November 30, 2015

Demand Completion of Investigation into Torture Allegations (Bahrain: UA 267/15)


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Ali Isa al-Tajer’s trial on terrorism charges began on 23 August. The judge did not respond to the allegation that his confessions were extracted under torture. He is still awaiting to be examined by medical consultants following a referral in December 2015. He remains detained and the next trial session has been set for 3 November.
 
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.
 
Ali Isa al-Tajer was interrogated and charged on 30 November 2015 by the Public Prosecutor, 25 days after his arrest. He denied the charges and told the prosecutor he had been tortured during interrogation. Six weeks later he was taken to the SIU, where he was examined by a forensic doctor. The Public Prosecutor said the forensic doctor had seen no signs of torture but had nevertheless referred Ali Isa al-Tajer to three different medical consultants including about a prolapsed disc in his spine and a knee injury which he says are the result from his torture. To date, he has only been taken to the Salmaniya Medical Complex to see an ear, nose and throat consultant. Despite appointments arranged by the prison authorities he is still awaiting to be taken to the other two medical consultants.
 
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.
Contact these 2 officials by 28 November, 2016:
King
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa 
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
 
H.E. Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Khalifa
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
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email [email protected] with “UA 267/15” in the subject line or click this link.
 
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