Bahraini sickle cell patient returned to prison

Bahraini sickle cell patient returned to prison

A Bahraini youth was returned to prison this week after being accused of insulting a public official.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A Bahraini youth was returned to prison this week after being accused of insulting a public official.

Ali Al-Qassab was taken into custody during a hearing at a Manama courtroom and is expecting a verdict on June 5.

The 23-year-old, who suffers from a severe form of sickle cell disease, already spent nearly four years in prison for taking part in anti-regime protests. He was released late last year.

Following his arrest in 2013, Manama’s security forces reportedly tortured Al-Qassab and forced him to confess to a series of offenses.

His time in detention was also marred by allegations of abuse, which resulted in a permanent disability.



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