Police Officer and Four Policemen in the Dock
On 13 November 2010, and in an official statement, the Minister
of Interior Shiekh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa ordered that an
officer and four policemen to be put on trial for their assault
of a detainee in a police station - theft related case-. Assistant
Undersecretary for Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Interior Mohammad
Buhmood said that the order was based on a complaint made by the
victim’s father regarding the assault of his son during his detention.
Buhmood added that the case was investigated?as soon as the complaints
were made, and the victim was referred to a doctor to document his
injuries. He also said that the medical examination, which took
place after five days of the incident, proved that the victim’s
injuries were a direct result of an electric shock.
He also added that the officer and the policemen involved in
the incident were summoned and interrogated. The accused claimed
that the detainee had attacked and verbally insulted them. Buhmood
also added that after the investigation was completed, the evidence
showed that the assault had indeed taken place. The accused were
then immediately referred to the High Military Court by the Minister
Buhmood stressed that the Ministry of Interior is committed to
applying the law and adheres to human rights principles. He stressed
on the principle of accountability, describing what happened as
an individual case and that the Ministry of Interior has never recorded
any similar incident before that involved electric shocks.