Bahrain medics go on hunger strike over trial

Rights groups say medical workers arrested for allegedly aiding anti-government protesters will not receive fair trial.

    Bahraini medical professionals, who were arrested at the start of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests earlier this year, have gone on hunger strike, their relatives say.

    They have been held in jail for almost six months, while their trial continues in a military court.

    Bahraini and international human rights organisations have called the trials a farce.

    Speaking to Al Jazeera, Khalil Al-Mazrooq, a former chairman of the Shia bloc Al Wefaq, said: "The trial of Bahraini medics in a military tribunal is against the country’s constitution. Article 105 of the constitution says civilians should be tried in civilian courts only."

    Adel Al Moawda, chairman of parliamentary foreign affairs, defence and national security in Bahrain, said the medics would receive a fair trial.

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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