26th Dec 2012
Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society stressed that the harsh and politicized verdicts being issued in cases relating to freedom of opinion and pro-democracy demands are indeed vindictive, as several human rights reports have stated, and the BICI report has acknowledged that the prosecutions are being used against the opposition.
Al-Wefaq also stressed that the verdicts issued against a number of citizens, including students, on Wednesday were solely related to freedom of expression and opinion. It is clear that the regime does not want to give chance for the compelling documented evidence to be presented, but rather wants to continue with its policy of assaults, vengeance and exploiting of its authorities to attack the opposition and dissidents.
Al-Wefaq has also mentioned that the lawyers have clarified the clashing details in a case known as the “Manama detainees”, one of which was the absence of tangible evidence that tie the detainees to the crime. The only evidence presented were the confessions of the witnesses for the prosecution who had made up the evidence and prepared the reports against the detainees.
Al-Wefaq indicated that real evidence has been very clearly documented, and if the regime wanted to implement law and order against the abusers, it would have arrested those who used live ammunition and weapons to attack students inside the university. Yet, these criminals are still free although they are known as they were caught in photos and video footages that documented the scene, while the students who attempted to protect the female students are being prosecuted.
Al-Wefaq stated that changing the verdicts in its self, reveals political incision, as the government had promoted a plot that has been rejected by the international community. However, the authority attempts to fix the situation through appeal verdicts of new punishments and a political attitude that pleases the international community while sticking to the old plot at the same time.
The new narrative that has been promoted by the authority does not suit the verdicts of the cases, especially in the case known as the “Manama detainees”, in which 15 citizens were allegedly accused of killing an Asian man in the Capital, 12 of which were tried. In addition to another case in which two citizens are allegedly accused of running over a policeman and who were sentenced to life on Wednesday after they had been passed down death sentences in 2011.
Al-Wefaq refused both the politicization of the judiciary and the attempts to exploit it through the interference of the executive authority’s capacities, stressing that the people are calling for an independent judiciary that is capable of issuing verdicts far from any influence.
It also stressed on the necessity for an independent court in Bahrain, that must be established under international supervision with the UN’s pursuance to ensure that truth prevails.
In most trials, the detainees complained of torture and coerced confessions, while in other cases original verdicts were issued in military courts that do not suit international standards and law and therefore cannot be considered valid.
Al-Wefaq expressed its condemnation regarding the politically-motivated verdicts
issued by courts against dissidents, noting that these verdicts represent
“political persecution” as expressed by the Higher Commissioner for Human
Rights Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, and as Amnesty has described as “travesty of justice