09/03/2019

Urgent Action Update: Harassment of Severely Ill Ex-MP Continues (Bahrain: UA 110.19)


Osama al-Tamimi, a former MP who has suffered continued harassment together with his family by security forces, suffered a stroke following his arrest on 6 August 2019, leading to his hospitalization. Following his release by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) on 11 August 2019, Osama al-Tamimi attempted to leave Bahrain to Oman to seek medical care on 16 August 2019. The airport authorities did not allow him to board the plane, citing a travel ban. The police later summoned him to appear at the al-Hoora police station on 18 August 2019; as his health deteriorated further, he was immediately transferred to hospital where he was diagnosed with renal failure.

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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, following his arrest by the authorities, former Bahraini parliamentarian, Osama Jaber Muhana Al-Tamimi, suffered a stroke and was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex. After his release, he discharged himself from the hospital to seek private treatment.

On 11 August 2019, Osama al-Tamimi was released by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID). In the early hours of 16 August, he attempted to leave Bahrain to Oman with his family. The authorities at Bahrain International Airport prevented them from travelling, citing a travel ban imposed by the public prosecution as investigations into fraud allegations were still ongoing. The same day, while he was receiving private medical treatment, police surrounded his home and served him with summons to appear at the al-Hoora police station. On 18 August, Al-Tamimi attended the summons accompanied by his lawyer. As his health deteriorated, he was not interrogated, and he was immediately transferred by ambulance to hospital again. Since then, he has suffered kidney failure for which he is now undergoing dialysis in a private clinic. His home is permanently under surveillance by members of the State Security who have been harassing members of his family. Police detained him again on 29 August after checking out of a medical clinic, citing that he would be interrogated by a forgery expert. He was released the next day. Amnesty International has strong reasons to believe that his investigation by the CID on fraud allegation could be politically motivated.

I call on you to order a halt to the harassment of Osama al-Tamimi and his family and to guarantee that pending his trial, his due process rights are respected in line with international standards of fair trials. I also urge you to lift the travel ban imposed on him if he requires specialist medical treatment abroad.

Yours sincerely,

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