The Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD) in Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said the sentences issued in a case against 61 defendants was the largest in terms of the number of defendants and he accumulative years on imprisonment, in addition to the number of defendants who have been stripped of their nationality.
Out of the 61 defendants, 56 had their nationalities revoked whilst the jail terms against 57 of them summed up to 748 years. Four were acquitted. These sentence were burdened with financial penalties which summed up to thousands of Bahraini dinars.
At least 12 defendants were under age at the time of arrest or alleged wrongdoing, 39 of the defendants are from one village, Bani Jamra, west to the capital Manama.
Allegations of torture, mistreatment and degrading treatment must be investigated, as well as violations of due process at arrest, interrogation and trial. The families of the defendants complained that their loved one have been subjected to torture. They said they have communicated this to the Ombudsman Office. One family said the Ombudsman confirmed that its son was subjected to torture.
The LHRD reminds that any confessions obtained under torture and coercion are considered void and of no value in international standards.
Al Wefaq calls on the authorities to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers to visit Bahrain to look into the defendants allegations. The Bahraini Authority is also urged to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to inquire complaints of confessions obtained under torture and coercion.