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(Nov 23, 2012) On October 22, 2012, the Grand Criminal Court in
Saeed, a correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, had been summoned to a police station for questioning in the city of
The arrest had taken place during a three-month period of "national safety," established by decree in March 2011. (
The prosecution stated that it had referred the case to the "high criminal court because the defendant is a public servant in the ministry of interior and had used force against the victim to make her confess to a crime." (Bahraini Policewoman Denies Torturing Journalist, supra.)
The Court found that there were discrepancies and contradictions in both Saeed's testimony and the medical report. Lieutenant al-Musa was the first female officer to be prosecuted before a civilian court for abuses carried out by the police during the crackdown on a popular uprising that began in February 2011. Her trial opened on June 6, 2012. (RSF/Bahrain Policewoman Acquitted of Torturing France 24 Correspondent, TRUSTMEDIA (Oct. 23, 2012).)
The journalist has announced that she intends to appeal the Court's verdict. Saeed has also lodged a complaint against another policewoman and a male police officer, alleging torture and ill-treatment during the same period of custody, but thus far no action has been taken against either of them. (
Prepared by Luna Barakat, Law Library Intern, under the supervision of Issam Saliba, Senior Foreign Law Specialist.
|Author:||Issam Saliba More by this author|
|Topic:||Criminal law and procedure More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Bahrain More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 11/23/2012