Saturday 20 January 2018

Six Irish-trained doctors jailed

Edel O'Connell

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.

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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