Nabeel Rajab Granted Bail, But Faces Court Again
Defense lawyer Mohammed Ahmed said bail had been set for arrested human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, but he still must appear in court for a hearing next week. Rajab’s own lawyer, Mohamed al-Jishi tweeted that Rajab also has a travel ban, and the trial will be resumed on May 23rd. Tens of organizations signed a joint letter to the King of Bahrain, calling for an end to the assault on freedom of speech, and the release of all human rights defenders and netizens. The letter specifically mentions Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who remains on hunger strike, his daughter Zainab al-Khawaja, who was arrested after protesting for the release of her father, and Rajab.
Meanwhile, the government of Bahrain wrote a letter to the editor of Al Jazeera regarding its recent article, “Autopsy finds torture behind Bahrain drowning.” The article claimed to have received an exclusive independent autopsy report in which it was revealed that Yousef Mowali, who had been in police custody, showed signs of electronic torture before drowning. Fahad A. AlBinali of the Information Affairs Authority discredits the validity of the independent autopsy that was conducted, and accused Al Jazeera English of writing stories that are “acquired through unprofessional methods and unethical behavior.”
In Bahrain, protesters gathered in solidarity against the potential Saudi-Bahrain union. Bahraini opposition groups feel that the union is just another step toward crushing dissent.