Imminent execution of six in Saudi, Six sentenced to death in Bahrain

There are fears among the inhabitants of East Arabia that the execution of six Shia Muslims from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia may be imminent. Yesterday they were transferred from a prison in the Eastern city of Dammam to the capital, Riyadh, where executions often takes place. The six are: Mujtaba Al Suwaiket, Abdul Aziz AlSahwi, Abdulla Suraih, Hassan AlRabi’, Munir Adam and Salaman AlQuraish. The six were accused of taking part in anti-regime protests. Two years ago the Saudi authorities executed a prominent Shia Muslim scholar, Sheikh Nimr AlNimr because he had called for political reforms in the despotic kingdom of AlSaud. International pressures need to be used to save the lives of these people.

On Wednesday 20th December Saudi regime’s forces killed a young Saudi who was pursued for arrest because he had joined the anti-regime protests in 2011. Salman Al Faraj was shot dead when regime’s forces raided his home at Awwamiyah in the Eastern Province. Bahraini activists took to the streets at several towns and villages to protest the cold-blooded murder of the Saudi activist. In Nuwaidrat, Karzakkan and Abu Saiba, regime’s mercenaries attacked peaceful protests and engaged them in running battles that caused injuries among the natives.

In the past week, the Saudis and Emiratis have escalated their attacks on the civilian population of Yemen. This followed the targeting of Riyadh with a ballistic missile launched by the Yemeni forces. It was aimed at a secret high level meeting in the capital. The psychological impact of launching the missile far exceeds any material losses. The Saudis reacted angrily with non-stop barbaric bombings on soft civilian targets. Whole families were wiped out. Yesterday a Saudi strike on San’aa caused the death and injury of 100 men, women and children. It was a clear war crime.

Meanwhile the Saudi regime under Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is bogged down in the quagmire it had created at the Ritz-Calrton Hotel which is now prison to many Saudi royals. Saudi authorities are demanding at least $6 billion from Prince al-Waleed bin Talal to free him from detention, people familiar with the matter said, potentially putting the global business empire of one of the world’s richest men at risk. This ransom is among the highest figures they have sought from those arrested. Weakening the fabric of the House of Saud could herald a new dawn not only in Saudi Arabia but in the Arab World at large.

In a serious escalation of enmity and criminality against native Bahrainis, the Alkhalifa regime has issued a new decision to murder six innocent people. On Christmas Day 25th December the military “court” passed the decision by the royal court to execute the Bahrinis: Mubarak Adel, Sayed Alawi Sayed Hussain AlDurazi, Sayed Fadhel Sayed Abbas, Mohammad Abdul Hussan AlMutaghawi, Sayed Murtada AlSanadi and Sheikh Habib Al Jamri. last two tried in absentia What is the charge? Planning to kill the commander of the regime’s force. The court was held in secret as the regime lacked any credible evidence.The same court also announced that these people would lose their nationality (for the second time in the cases of some of them). For almost a year the regime had been criticised for kidnapping and forcibly disappearing one of the victims; Sayed Alawi AlDurazi. Human rights bodies have denounced the decision to kill more Bahrainis describing the ruling as null and void. They said that the trial was grossly unfair and accepted confessions attributed to the victims which had been extracted under torture. Bahraini scholars have also condemned the decision arguing that it was legally flawed and religiously wrong. In a statement on 25th December they said: “We condemn the militarisation of the crisis and demand an end the military courts for civilians and the domination by members of the ruling family over the judiciary; civil and military.”

At the House of Coomons, Ann Clwyd, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group has criticised the role of the British Government in supporting the Bahraini regime and working to water down any criticism that may be directed to its policies. She cited the show trials of Nabeel Rajab and the revenge that the regime had undertaken against the family of human rights activist, Sayed Ahmad Al Wadaei as examples of the excesses by the Bahraini regime that must be exposed.

Persecution of Bahraini women has continued. Two days ago Fawzia MashaAllah was remanded in custody for two weeks for taking part in peaceful anti-regime’s protests. Native Bahraini women have been seriously persecuted over the past five decades and subjected to all kinds of ill-treatment. At the moment there are at least 12 women activists behind bars: Tayba Darwish, Zainab Makki, Hamida Jum’a, Faten Abdul Hussain, Muna Habib, Amira AlQash’ami, Najah AlSheikh, Hajar Mansoor, Madina Ali, Fatima Abdullah and Naris Abdullah. Women prisoners were subjected to most horrific treatment including torture, physical and psychological abuse. Sexual harassment and even rape were reported by several women.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
27th December 2017 (info@vob.org, www.vob.org)

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