Bahrain Monitor - A Monthly Newsletter on the Human Rights Situation in Bahrain

Legal and Security Actions

■ (2/12/2010): A Thai woman accused of human trafficking is set to hear the verdict of her case in the High Criminal Court on 23 January 2011. It is alleged that she tricked women from her country by offering them work in restaurants, but instead intimidated and forced them into prostitution. In a separate case, a Bahraini citizen was sentenced to eight years in prison in Thailand for the same offence.

■ (2/12/2010): a detainee who was alleged to have participated in riots was released after spending one month in detention. It was proven that he was at work during the time of the crime. On 26 September 2010, another citizen was released after evidence revealed that he had been outside the country during the time of the crime. He was accused of setting fire to the Sitra Club on 25 March 2010. On 5 December 2010, a defendant accused of rioting was also released because of insanity. It came to light that one of the accused of rioting had misled the investigation.

■ (5/12/2010): The Third High Criminal Court, sentenced a person in absentia to 5 years in jail and fined 500 dinars for setting an electricity generator by the third High Criminal Court. Another court sentenced two persons to prison, one for three years and the other for one year, for their involvement in the attack against the British Embassy on 16 March 2010.

■ (6/12/2010): The Public Prosecutor renewed the detention of 15 youth from Sar for a further 15-days. Their families insisted that their children were playing football close to the Sar Club during the time of the crime, and have no previous criminal records.

■ (9/12/2010): The Second Court of Appeal upholds the decision to imprison a Bahraini citizen for rioting in Deer and sentenced him to 6 months in prison.

■ (12/12/2010): The Third High Criminal Court sentenced two persons to five years’ imprisonment for setting fire to a car and causing financial damage in the area of Deer. On 21 December 2010, the Lower Criminal Court sentenced a person to 4 months’ imprisonment for rioting in Al Bilad Al Qadeem. On 23 December 2010, another person was sentenced to 4 months’ imprisonment for his involvement in rioting and arson attacks.

■ (26/12/2010): Three people were convicted of setting fire to an electricity pylon in Sitra on 8 July 2010. They were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined 4000 Dinar by the High Criminal Court.