A native Bahraini, Ibrahim Karimi, has been detained and subjected to severe torture for condemning the Saudi actions during Pilgrimage to Meccas last month. More than 2000 were killed in what the authorities called a “stampede” the cause of which remains a mystery. Last year his nationality was revoked by Bahrain’s dictator. Two weeks ago four youths were snatched from their homes to secret prisons. Ahmad Abul Qassim and his brother, Hussain, Mohammad Fakhrawi and his brother, Ali, were arrested for no significant reason. The two Fakhrawi brothers are the nephews of Martyr Karim Fakhrawi who was tortured to death in April 2011. He was cited by the BICI report as one of those killed by what it called “systematic torture” implemented by Dictator Hamad AlKhalifa and his clique. The regime has been systematically rounding up witnesses of its crimes in order to whitewash the torturers. From Wadyan Town Mohammad Jassim Abu Sa’ada was arrested by masked members of the Alkhalifa Death Squads. In the week between 28th September and 4th October, at least 16 Bahrainis were detained by regime’s notorious security forces, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
Yesterday the Appeal court upheld the 15 years sentence on a young native Bahraini. Mohammad Al Mahasna is the main witness in the brutal killing by regime’s forces of Fadhel Al Matrook on the second day of the 14th February Revolution. It is widely known that persecuting Mr Mahasna is to ensure no witness to the crime can testify against the dictator and his henchmen. Upon hearing the verdict, the victim said: Confirming the sentence against me is not worth a drop of the martyr’s blood. He shouted defiantly: Victory is near. Another persecuted native Bahrani young man is Ilyas Al Mulla, also sentenced to 15 years of which he has already spent four. He is now riddled with Cancer and his health is rapidly deteriorating. Yesterday, Alkhalifa court refused to release him. Families of ten Bahrainis sentenced to death are appealing to the world to spare their lives. UK’s PM, David Cameron is urged to intercede.
On Sunday, 4th October, Alkhalifa court sentenced a native Bahrani woman to six months in jail for a trumpeted charge of assaulting a police officer at the notorious Jaw Prison. Umm Jamil is mother of a prisoner and aunt of another. Her brother is one of the martyrs. There are several women behind bars for opposing the hereditary dictatorship. Last week Alkhalifa courts sentenced 21 youths from Duraz Town to jail terms of 3 and 10 years for taking part in anti-regime protests. From AlMaqsha Town five native Bahrainis were given 10 years jail sentences for their peaceful protests.
On the International Teachers Day on Monday 5th October, calls were made for the release of Bahraini teachers jailed for their peaceful anti-regime protests. The most prominent of them is Mahdi Abu Deeb, the President of the Teachers Union who was sentenced by British-backed Alkhalifa dictatorship to five years. There are now ten teachers behind bars and many more unable to work since their dismissal by Alkhalifa four years ago. The new academic year started with 300 students missing their school term while languishing behind bars.