Document - Bahrain: Further information on legal concern: Ahmad al-Shamlan

EXTERNALAI Index: MDE 11/12/96

23 April 1996

Further information (2) on UA 29/96 (MDE 11/03/96, 8 February 1996) and folllow-up MDE 11/10/96, 18 April 1996 - Legal Concern

BAHRAINAhmad al-Shamlan, aged 54, lawyer

Amnesty International has learned that on 21 April 1996, the State Security Court ordered the release pending trial of Ahmad al-Shamlan. It scheduled a hearing for the ruling on 5 May 1996.

Ahmad al-Shamlan appeared before the State Security Court for the first session in his trial on 17 April 1996. He was charged with possessing and acquiring literature containing false information, and spreading it abroad. He has denied the charges.

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail letters in English, Arabic or your own language:

- urging that Ahmad al-Shamlan be tried in accordance with international standards for fair trial;

- requesting details of the charges against Ahmad al-Shamlan.

If possible, please organize appeals from lawyers.


His Highness

Shaikh 'Issa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Office of His Highness the Amir

P.O. Box 555

The Amiri Court, Rifa'a Palace, Bahrain

Telexes: 8666 Qasar BN; 8500 Qasar BN

Telegrams: His Highness the Amir, al-Manama, Bahrain

Faxes: +973 668884

Salutation: Your Highness

His Excellency

Shaikh Muhammad Bin Khalifa AL Khalifa

Minister of Interior

P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain

Telexes: 9572 PSMKT BN or 8333 ALAMAN BN

Telegrams: Minister of Interior, al-Manama, Bahrain

Faxes: +973 276765 or 290526

Salutation: Your Excellency

His Excellency

Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman AL Khalifa

Prime Minister

P.O. Box 1000, al-Manama, Bahrain

Telexes: 9336 PROM BN or 7889 PMPO BN

Faxes: +973 533033

Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Bahrain accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 4 June 1996.

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