Document - Bahrain: Further information: Bahrain execution decision postponed
Further information on UA: 122/11 Index: MDE 11/035/2011 Bahrain Date: 15 June
BAHRAIN EXECUTION DECISION POSTPONED
Two men sentenced to death in Bahrain, ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Sankis and ‘Abdulaziz ‘Abdulridha Ibrahim Hussain, will now wait over three months before hearing whether they will be subjected to capital punishment. If their death sentences are upheld and ratified, the two men will be executed.
The death sentences imposed on ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Sankis and ‘Abdulaziz ‘Abdulridha Ibrahim Hussain were upheld by the National Safety Court of Appeal, a military court, on 22 May. The same court commuted the death sentences of Qassim Hassan Matar and Sa’eed ‘Abduljalil Sa’eed to life in prison, and upheld the life imprisonment sentence of the fifth defendant, ‘Issa ‘Abdullah Kadhem ‘Ali. The five men were sentenced on 28 April. They were accused of killing two policemen during anti-government protests in March in Bahrain.
The final decision from Bahrain’s Court of Cassation was scheduled for 13 June, but the Court has announced that that decision will now be made on 26 September 2011. If the sentences are upheld by the Court of Cassation, and then ratified by the King, the two men will be executed.
The two men were originally tried and sentenced by the National Safety Court of First Instance. Like the National Safety Court of Appeal, this is a military court comprising three judges - one military and two civilian. Amnesty International considers military courts inappropriate for trying civilians and that such trials directly infringe international standards of fair trial.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic or English:
Acknowledging the Bahraini government’s responsibility to protect the public and bring to justice those responsible for committing crimes, but insisting that this should always be done in accordance with international law and Bahrain’s international human rights obligations;
Urging the King to immediately commute the death sentences imposed on the two men and order their re-trial before ordinary criminal courts.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND BEFORE 27 JULY 2011:
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Shaikh Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
O. Box 450, Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 17531284
Salutation: Your Excellency
of the Bahrain Defence Force
Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Bahrain Defence Force
Riffa Road, Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 17663923
Salutation: Your Excellency
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the second update of UA 122/11. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE11/023/2011/en and http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE11/027/2011/en
FU on UA: 122/11 Index: MDE 11/035/2011 Issue Date: 15 June 2011