Thursday 20 July 2017

Andrew Anderson: Bahrain Grand Prix will end in tears

Andrew Anderson

"The good thing about Bahrain is it seems more democratic there than most places. People are allowed to speak when they want, they can protest if they want to," said Bernie Ecclestone in an interview with the BBC on 27th March 2012.

Ahmed Ismael Al-Samadi, (22 years old) from Salmabad, was shot in the stomach by a man in civilian clothes accompanying the security forces during a protest on 30th March 2012. He later died from his wounds.

I was in Bahrain this week to try and see my friend and former colleague Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, an internationally renowned human rights defender, who was arrested in April 2011, brutally tortured and then sentenced to life in prison after a grossly unfair trial. I attended his appeal court hearing on Monday but Abdulhadi, who is currently on the 57th day of a hunger strike, was not brought to the court. He was moved from Bahrain's Jaw prison on 3rd April to be held in a clinic at the Ministry of Interior. He is currently at serious risk of organ failure having lost 25% of his body weight.

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