Bahrain overturns the verdict, acquits 21 protest medics
The shadow of a Bahraini protestor is seen over a graffiti which reads in Arabic "steadfast" during clashes with riot police following the funeral of Jaffar Jassim al-Taweel in the village of Sitra, south of Manama on March 27, 2013. 35-year-old Taweel died in the hospital after developing respiratory complications and according to his relatives is due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest in March 2013. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
Bahrain’s court of appeals on Thursday acquitted 21 medics, overturning a three-month sentence issued by a lower court in November.
In November, 28 medics were put on trial before the high criminal court on charges of taking part in unlicenced assemblies and violation of the law in cases related to the events that unfolded in Bahrain in February and March 2011.
Earlier charges brought against then had been dropped for “theoretically clashing with the exercise of freedom of expression”, the public prosecutor said in November.
Two medics could not appeal and the five others were acquitted by the high criminal court.
The verdict on Thursday should put an end to a case that had been under national and international focus for months.
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief