Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights-BYSHR expresses its deep concern for the decree no. “28” 2011 that was published in the Official Gazette on 18 August 2011 and allowed the trial of the civilians who have been arrested since the political unrest that started in February 2011.
The first article in the decree states that: “the ordinary courts take over all the cases of misdemeanors and appeals relating to them that were not adjudicated in a final verdict by the National Safety Court”
Article 2 states that: “The Lower National Safety Court adjudicates in all cases of crimes referred to it in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. (18) 2011 declaring state of national safety and those cases it started deliberating in them. Both the prosecutors and the sentenced can appeal the verdicts issued by this court before the Supreme Court of Appeal”
The BYSHR lawyer said that “the military tribunals will be held for seven criminal cases in the coming days” and according to the lawyer, the tribunals will try:
1. The medical staff- 28 August 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court
2. Political leaders and human rights activists – 11 September 2011 -The Appeal National Safety Court.
3. Occupation of the police station -24 August 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court.
4. Cutting the tongue of a Pakistani expatriate – 25 August 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court.
5.Covering up defendants in criminal cases – 24 August 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court.
6.Running over Nine security men -8 September 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court.
7.Attack on security men using weapons in the Financial Harbour – 6 September 2011 – The Lower National Safety Court.
The Bahraini authorities have violated international conventions to try civilians before a military tribunals.
BYSHR demands the Bahraini authorities to halt the military tribunals for defendants in criminal cases and immediate and independent investigation in the torture allegations.
1-Political leaders and human rights activists – http://byshr.org/?p=632
2-The medical staff – http://byshr.org/?p=700
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