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NGOs Urgently Appeal Int'l Community to Stop Execution of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmad Al-Malali

2019-07-27 - 8:07 am

Bahrain Mirror: Three human rights organizations appealed the international community to interfere and save detainees Ali Al-Arab and Ahmad Al-Malali from execution.

The three organizations (SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Forum for Human Rights and Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights) issued a statement saying that "they received very disturbing information from the families of the death convicts, Ahmad Isa Ahmed Al-Malali and Ali Mohammad Ali Hakim Al-Arab, informing them that they received a call from the Jaw prison administration to pay a special and urgent to their sons on Friday at 2:00 PM, without mentioning the reasons of the visit."

The families met the request and visited their sons, noting that the visit didn't last for more than an hour and a half. However, the death convicts received no information whether they will be executed or not.

It is worth mentioning that on January 14, 2017, the families death convicts Abbas Al-Samei, Ali Al-Singace and Sami Mushaima received similar calls, and their sons were executed the following day at dawn.

The signatory organizations documented that Al-Malali and Al-Arab have been subjected to severe torture in Criminal Investigations Directorate, and that their confessions were extracted under torture. They were also threatened that their relatives would be liquidated in case they don't sign the confessions.

They added that Ahmad Al-Malali was subjected to enforced disappearance and torture in the Criminal Investigation Directorate. He wasn't allowed to meet his lawyer during interrogation in the Public Prosecution or detention Center. Furthermore, Al-Malali was tortured and sexual harassed at the hands of Interior Ministry officers. He is now held in isolation building (1) at Jaw Central Prison.

Ali Al-Arab was beaten and ill-treated in the Criminal Investigations Directorate. His toenails were pulled out and he was punched in the face and mouth (he lost hearing), humiliated and severely beaten once he was transferred to the Dry Dock Prison. He was also subjected to torture on January 31, 2018 after being arbitrarily sentenced to death and transferred to the Jaw prison by the guards of building (1).

The signatures of this statement "express their deep concern and fear that the execution of two victims, Ahmad Al-Malali and Ali Al-Arab, would be carried out, and affirm their strong opposition to the death penalty". The organizations call on the international community, especially Bahrain's international allies, the United Kingdom and the United States, and international human rights organizations to pressure on the King of Bahrain to stop execution and abolish death sentences.

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