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Bahrain acquits police officers accused of torture
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Bahraini riot policemen fire tear gas to disperse protesters during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime demonstration on September 4, 2013 in the village of North Sehla, west of Manama. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH
Bahraini riot policemen fire tear gas to disperse protesters during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime demonstration on September 4, 2013 in the village of North Sehla, west of Manama. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH
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MANAMA: A lawyer says a Bahrain court has acquitted two police officers accused of torturing doctors who were detained while treating wounded Shiite protesters in 2011.

Lawyer Ali Al Juffairi says he attended Monday's court session and that none of the six doctors or the two police officers were present when the verdict was read. The doctors were released from custody at different times over the past years.

Among the two acquitted was Noora bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, a female police officer and member of Bahrain's royal family.

The doctors were detained at the height of protests in Bahrain by Shiites demanding greater rights from the Sunni monarchy.

The case is the latest in a string of acquittals for security officers accused of using excessing force and abusing detainees in Bahrain.

 
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