The Network Trial Continues
■ (09/01/2011): The Minister of Justice,
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa decided to appoint 23 lawyers to
defend the 23 people accused in the terrorist network case. This
step was taken after the previous defence council withdrew because
the detainees refused to allow them to represent them.
■ (09/01/2011): The American Ambassador
in Manama Adam Erly said during an interview with Al Wasat newspaper
that his country is concerned about human rights, which is an important
aspect of the friendship between the US and Bahrain. He also pointed
out that representatives from the U.S. embassy attend trial sessions,
which provides ample evidence illustrating this concern. He added
that holding the trials in public, proves that Bahrain cares about
civil rights of citizens.
■ (12-13/01/2011): The Minister of Justice
decided to refer a total of 24 lawyers to a disciplinary committee
in accordance with Article 41 of the Advocacy Act because of their
refusal to defend the terrorist network detainees. The trial was
adjured to 20/01/2011. The lawyers objected to the Ministry’s interpretation
of Article 41 and demanded that the case be referred to the Constitutional
Court, however their demands were refused.
■ (14/01/2011): The Bahrain Bar Association
criticized the referral of 24 lawyers to the Disciplinary Committee
and viewed it as a dangerous precedent in the legal history of Bahrain
adding that the Ministry of Justice is trying to impose its interpretation
of the law.
■ (20/01/2011): The High Court adjourned
the session until 27/01/2011 for the eighth time and ordered the
Public Prosecutor to present its evidence against the 25 accused.
The detainees objected to having appointed lawyers.
■ (25/01/2011): Seven lawyers appeared
before the Disciplinary Committee based on the order of the Ministry
of Justice. The lawyers demanded more time in order to respond to
the allegations. The next two sessions will take place on 22 February
and the first of March.
■ (25/01/2011): The Court decided to
adjourn the case on the terrorist network to 10 February 2011.