Bahraini court acquits two police officers

TEHRAN (FNA)- A court in Bahrain has cleared two police officers accused of torturing six doctors arrested during anti-regime protests in 2011, a Bahraini lawyer said.

On Monday, lawyer Ali Al Juffairi said that the court acquitted the pair, including Sheikha Noura bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, a female police officer and a member of Bahrain’s royal family, press tv reported.

The lawyer added that none of the doctors or the police officers were present when the ruling was announced.

The case is the latest in a string of acquittals for members of the security forces accused of using excessive force against anti-regime protesters.

In May, an appeals court acquitted two officers of shooting dead a demonstrator in November 2011.

In a separate case, the court also reduced to six months a seven-year jail term given to a police officer in January for killing a protester.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

By Fars News Agency 

 

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