Salam Demands US, UK to Intervene to Stop Execution of 12 Bahrainis
2020-07-14 - 7:15 am
Bahrain Mirror: The legal advisor of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights (SALAM DHR) stated that the trial of Mohammad Ramadan and Hussein Ali Mousa was not held in accordance with legal standards, the evidence was not realistic and the ruling was based on confessions extracted under torture, as established in the report of the Special Investigation Unit (an official body).
The Bahraini Court of Cassation reissued death sentences on Monday, 13 July 2020, against Mohammad Ramadan Issa Ali Hassan and Hussein Ali Mousa Hassan Muhammad on the accusation of murdering policeman Abdul Wahid Syed Muhammad Faqir on February 14, 2014.
SALAM DHR considered this ruling wholly and unequivocally unjust. It has been issued by a judiciary that has no independence whatsoever. These sentences constitute yet another example of the current legal system's disregard for human life. Ten citizens were previously sentenced to death, and after these two rulings, the list has reached twelve, all of them awaiting execution with little hope for justice or mercy from the Bahraini legal system.
SALAM DHR has previously commented on the retrial of Ramadan and Mousa, saying that it came at the request of the Public Prosecution, which received a report from the Special Investigation Unit confirming that two men were tortured during interrogation. This means that their confessions are invalid and inadmissible. However, the judiciary continues to tolerate the practice of torture and has upheld these death sentences, despite the confessions of the accused being illegal.
SALAM DHR called on the international community, including the United States and the United Kingdom, who are Bahrain's close allies, to immediately pressure the Kingdom to abandon these sentences and to compel the King to promptly re-instate amoratorium on the death penalty.