Middle East

Bahrain prosecutor appeals against acquittals of 3 police

Masked anti-government protesters carry Bahraini flag-draped symbolic caskets in remembrance of those killed in the Gulf kingdom's pro-democracy uprising from Bahrain's western villages during a march in Malkiya, Bahrain, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

DUBAI: Bahrain's prosecutor Monday appealed against the acquittals of a policewoman accused of torturing a journalist and two policemen tried for murdering demonstrators in last year's anti-regime protests.

"The prosecutor general has decided to file an appeal (after) a thorough review of the reasons" that led to the acquittals and after studying the evidences against the accused in both the cases, a statement issued by the prosecutor general Abderrahman al-Sayyed said.

On October 22, a Bahraini court had acquitted a policewoman who was charged with torturing female journalist Naziha Saeed, who is Manama's correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, during last year's crackdown on anti-regime protests in the Gulf kingdom.

The court concluded that the testimony of the victim was "contradictory" and "does not conform to the pathologist's report."

The officer was prosecuted for hitting the journalist on May 22, 2011, after she was summoned by the police for questioning about her links with Al-Manar television of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

In another case on September 27 the court acquitted two police officers accused of killing two Shiite protesters, Ali al-Moumin and Issa Abdel Hasan, during the crackdown on protests in 2011.

The court justified their acquittals on the basis of lack of evidence.

Home to the US Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Gulf from Iran, Bahrain has continued to witness sporadic Shiite-led demonstrations, mostly outside the capital since it crushed the pro-democracy uprising in March last year.





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