Friday, February 3, 2023

Iran Raps Bahraini Regime for Execution of Protestors

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has denounced the execution of Bahraini protestors as a “sectarian measure” and part of a “wrong policy”, calling on the Manama regime to behave rationally and address the self-inflicted crisis through reconciliation with people of Bahrain.

In a statement on Saturday, Mousavi lashed out at the Bahraini government for executing a number of political protestors after coercing them into making confessions through torture.

The spokesperson also pointed to the reports about the confession under duress and torture, the unfair trial of the executed protestors, and the international calls on Bahrain to halt the executions, saying, “The Bahraini government’s sectarian measure to execute the protestors reveals that the Bahraini government is still insisting on its wrong policy of suppression of protestors instead of choosing the path to rationality and trying to resolve the self-inflicted crisis through reconciliation with the people.”

He also highlighted the documented evidence for and the Bahraini government’s record in employing the extremist groups and the terrorist members of al-Qaeda for eliminating the opposition figures, adding, “The execution of protestors on various pretexts is a continuation of the same previous approach, with the difference being that this time, the government has personally undertaken to carry out the policy of elimination of protestors instead of cooperating with the terrorist groups.”

“Intensification of security-policing approaches would not help settle the crisis in Bahrain,” he concluded.

Bahrain has executed three people convicted in two separate cases.

Human rights groups had been warning against the execution of two men, Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmed Isa Ahmed Isa al-Malali.

Malali and Arab were convicted in a mass trial involving 60 people in January 2018. Both had exhausted all possible judicial appeals.

A last-minute appeal to stop their imminent execution was also issued by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnès Callamard.

Callamard said in a statement the men were allegedly tortured, prevented from attending their trial and sentenced to death in absentia.

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