Urgent Action: Former Bahraini Parliamentarian Arrested (Bahrain: UA 110.19)

On 6 August 2019, members of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) arrested former Bahraini parliamentarian Osama Jaber Muhana al-Tamimi at his home. The CID announced that he had been arrested for fraud. Since 2012, government authorities have subjected Osama al-Tamimi to false accusations in the government-linked press. In recent months, he has been summoned several times for questioning, while several unresolved crimes have targeted his personal businesses.



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Minister of Interior Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain
Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Drive NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 342 1111 I Fax: 202 362 2192
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @BahrainEmbDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Your Excellency,

On 6 August 2019, members of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) arrested former Bahraini parliamentarian, Osama Jaber Muhana al-Tamimi, after having forced open the front door of his home. The next day, the CID announced that they had arrested him upon the Public Prosecution’s orders for fraud. The authorities have targeted the former MP since 2012 and over the past few months, they summoned him several times for questioning. On 15 June 2019, policemen in uniform driving unmarked cars stopped al-Tamimi on a public road and demanded his national ID card, which he gave them. Without presenting a search warrant, they then demanded his mobile phone, which he refused to hand over. He left the scene in his car and was followed aggressively by the unmarked police vehicles. Later that day he went with his family to the United States of America’s Embassy, seeking entry to claim physical protection and political asylum. The Embassy called on the Bahraini police to remove him from the premises.

Since there are good reasons to believe that the charges brought by CID could be politically motivated, I call on you to provide him interim release, pending trial. In addition, the principles of due process recognized by international law – which have been ignored so far – should be promptly guaranteed to him. Amnesty International will closely monitor Osama al-Tamimi’s case.

Yours sincerely,