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Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P.O. Box 450, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1753 1284
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]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
On 8 January 2020, the High Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the convictions and death sentences of Hussain Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed and Mohamed Ramadhan Issa Ali Hussain, which followed an unfair trial and were primarily based on a “confession” extracted under torture.
In 2014, Hussain Ali Moosa and Mohamed Ramadhan were sentenced to death for the killing of a policeman. On 16 November 2015, the Court of Cassation confirmed the death sentences. However, in 2018, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) brought forward new medical evidence confirming that the two men had been subjected to torture, as a means to extract the confession on which the sentence was primarily based. As a result, the Bahraini Court of Cassation overturned the death sentences, pending a review by the High Criminal Court of Appeal under a new panel of judges.
I call on Bahraini authorities to quash the conviction and death sentences of Hussain Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed and Mohamed Ramadhan Issa Ali Hussain as I believe that their trial was unfair, did not fully comply with international fair trial standards and relied on evidence obtained under torture. Also, I call on you to ensure that all those suspected of the torture of the two men are held accountable and to guarantee the two men reparations including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition. I acknowledge the authorities’ duty to prevent crime and bring those responsible to justice but emphasize that this should always be done in accordance with Bahrain’s international human rights obligations; and urge Bahrain to commute all death sentences to terms of imprisonment and immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.