|code: 310941||Date: 2012/04/25 - 10:51||source: BCHR|
Bahraini F1: Brutality of No Limits, Al-Khawaja’s Court Delayed
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to Bahraini Center for Human Rights, a number of activists, journalists and peaceful protesters were arrested the last two days.
Many more were beaten, tortured and shot at with tear gas, shotguns and stun grenades. Another martyr was also reported of inhalation of tear gas.
Demonstrators in Manama were protesting against the Formula One Grand Prix, which kicked off at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of the capital, on Sunday.
This came hours after the dead body of 36 year old activist Salah Abbas Habib was found.
Salah, known to be a pro-democracy activist and leader in his village Abu Saibaa, was arrested by riot police alongside more than 10 others after a peaceful protest when police stormed the village.
All of the arrested were released after being brutally tortured, except for Salah. His family searched for him yet they could not find him. Hours later, Salah's body was found on a roof of a building.
"Witnesses confirmed shotgun injuries and torture marks on his body," BCHR clarified.
Meanwhile, the excessive use of tear gas led to the death of an Indian man, known as Sabeer (25 years old).
In parallel, at least 8 Bahraini women, including the daughter of the hunger striker activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja , were beaten and arrested during Sunday's protests.
"The activist and blogger Zainab al-Khawaja, was arrested again on night of 21 April 2012 after she staged a single woman protest by sitting peacefully in the middle of the road protesting against the continued detention of her father who is possibly on his death bed, after being on hunger strike for over 70 days with no compassionate reaction from the authorities in Bahrain," BCHR stated.
Hours later, a defense lawyer said a jailed hunger striker and other activists in Bahrain must wait at least another week as they appeal their life sentences.
Lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi announced that "the court on Monday set the next hearing for April 30 for the 21-member group that includes Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 11 weeks."