Bahrain clears medics of protest charges

Court acquits 21 medical personnel of charges linked to deadly anti-government protests in 2011, defence lawyer says.

    Bahrain clears medics of protest charges
    Prosecutors accused doctors and nurses of using the country's main hospital for political purposes [Reuters]

    A defence lawyer in Bahrain says 21 medical personnel have been cleared of charges linked to anti-government protests but cases remain open against two others who failed to appear in court.

    Lawyer Abdulla al-Shamlawi said a court on Thursday issued the acquittals, but left charges against two who did not appear in court.

    Arrests of dozens of doctors and nurses were part of the crackdown by the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers after an uprising began in 2011 by majority Shias seeking a greater political voice.

    International medical groups denounced the arrests.

    The medics, nearly all of whom were Shia, were charged with taking part in illegal protests and other acts linked to the demonstrations.

    In October, five doctors lost their appeals on protest-related charges. Others have been freed or tried in absentia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.