Amnesty expresses concern about death sentences against 6 Bahraini civilians

Amnesty expresses concern about death sentences against 6 Bahraini civilians

Amnesty International called for the death sentences passed by the High Military Court against the six defendants, all civilians with the exception of one military person, and the prison sentences against the remaining 12 defendants in the case to be quashed; and for the cases to be transferred for trial to a competent ordinary court.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Amnesty International issued on (January 12, 2018) a statement in which it expressed grave concern about the death sentences passed against six defendants tried by the Military Court in Bahrain.

It also expressed concern about the ongoing trials of the leader of the now-dissolved Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman and of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab; the continued targeting of human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Al-Wadaei's family and the ongoing imposition of travel bans against activists.

Amnesty International called for the death sentences passed by the High Military Court against the six defendants, all civilians with the exception of one military person, and the prison sentences against the remaining 12 defendants in the case to be quashed; and for the cases to be transferred for trial to a competent ordinary court.

The organization further urged the Bahraini authorities to stop any revocation of nationality that would render an individual stateless.

Amnesty also called for the immediate and unconditional release of Nabeel Rajab, Sheikh Ali Salman and all prisoners of conscience, for the charges against them to be dropped and for their sentences to be quashed. In addition, it called on the authorities to lift the travel bans that continue to be imposed on activists and government critics.



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