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Six Irish-trained doctors jailed

Edel O'Connell

Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00

SIX Irish-trained doctors who treated injured anti-Government protesters during unrest in Bahrain are among those who have been sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison.

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The doctors, who trained in Ireland with the Royal College of Surgeons, treated people who were injured during a protest calling for more rights for the Shia majority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

They were among 20 medics sentenced to between five and 15 years on charges of stealing medicine, stockpiling weapons and occupying a hospital.

The verdict was met with outrage by campaigners for the Irish-trained doctors.

RCSI-trained doctors Dr Ali al-Ekri, Dr Bassam Dhaif and Dr Ghassan Dhaif received 15-year sentences. Dr Zahra al-Sammak, Dr Fatima Haji and Rola al-Saffar received five-year sentences for allegedly being involved in the riots.

A lawyer for the doctors said they will appeal the verdict.

Irish Independent

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