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EU Opposes Recent Executions, Calls on Bahrain to Abolish Death Penalty

2019-07-29 - 5:50 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): The European Union spokesperson said in a statement that "the executions took place [in Bahrain] despite reported concerns that the convictions were based on confessions extracted under torture."

"The European Union is unequivocally opposed to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances," it said in a statement, calling on the Kingdom of Bahrain to introduce a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition.

On 27 July the Kingdom of Bahrain executed three individuals convicted in two separate cases, according to a statement issued by the Public Prosecutor who did not identify them. Human rights groups have identified two of the individuals as Ali Al-Arab and Ahmad Al-Malali who were both sentenced to death in a mass trial on January 31, 2018 on terrorism-related charges. The identity of the third individual is currently unknown. 

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