Bahrain: Update: Bahrain- Ali Isa Al-Tajer charged following torture in prison

03.12.15

Ali Isa Al-Tajer, brother of human rights lawyer Mohammed Al- Tajer, has been charged on baseless grounds. Since his detention a month ago he has been also subjected to torture and was forced to sign confessional papers.

On 30 November 2015 at approximately 2:30pm the public prosecution called Mohammed Al-Tajer and told him that investigations against Ali Isa Al-Tajer were to start at 3pm that day.

The defence lawyers stated that Ali Isa looked pale and frightened in the courtroom and believed that he was threatened in the court before the hearing began. A request from the lawyers to meet Ali Isa before the hearing was denied and the five minutes that were granted with him after the hearing were conducted in the presence of three policemen.

The charges brought against Ali Isa include, joining a terrorist organisation to overthrow the government by force and training individuals to use weapons for terrorist purposes. Despite the prosecutor’s attempts to get him to admit to the charges in court he denied all the charges. However, the prosecutor told the court that Ali Isa signed papers confessing to the charges. Ali Isa told the court that he was subjected to torture and forced to sign the papers when he was blindfolded.

The judge stated that he was unable to deal with the claims of ill-treatment and that he would transfer the case to the special investigation unit and they will look into the matter.

Ali Isa Al-Tajer was arrested and detained on 5 November and according to information recently received, since then he has been beaten all over, threatened with electric shocks, forced to strip naked, sexually assaulted and has been forced to stand and deprived of sleep for most of the time (For further information regarding his arrest see appeal dated 27 November 2015 https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1132).

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on the authorities in Bahrain to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release Ali Isa Al-Tajer and drop all charges against him;
  2. Immediately grant him access to a doctor, lawyer and to his family;
  3. Carry out an immediate, thorough and impartial investigations into the torture of Ali Isa Al-Tajer with a view to bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;
  4. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Bahrain are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals, and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.