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Outcry over Bahrain medics forces a shift

Issue No. 2273

The Bahraini government announced last week that medical staff threatened with 15 years in prison will now be tried by a civilian court.

The sentences were handed out to doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters calling for democracy earlier in the year.

Rula al-Saffar, leader of Bahrain’s nurses’ union, is one of those facing up to 15 years in prison. “The announcement might just mean that our appeal will be heard in a civilian court—even though all our confessions were extracted under torture,” she told Socialist Worker.

The shift by Bahrain’s government follows an international outcry at the treatment of the medical staff.

Rula urged people to continue campaigning. “We shouldn’t be in any court,” she said. “They should drop all the charges and investigate the torturers.”

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