Profile in Persecution: Mohamed Abduljalil Abdulla

Mohamed Abduljalil Abdulla was arrested without a warrant in 2016 from his house in Bahrain. Now 34 years old, Mohamed was never informed of the charges against him. He has been subjected to numerous due process violations during his unfair imprisonment.

On 3 July 2016, officers in civilian clothing raided Mohamed’s house and warrantlessly arrested him. He had not been summoned before and was not informed of the reasons for his arrest. He was taken to the Criminal Investigation Directorate, where he was detained for about 3 weeks. He would call his family for a short duration and would sound uncomfortable. During his interrogation, Mohamed was subjected to physical and psychological torture, while his lawyer was not allowed to be present. He ended up confessing to the charges against him under torture.

On 31 October 2017, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and denationalization. He was convicted of joining a terrorist group, acquiring and possessing unlicensed explosive material, and training on the use of explosives and weapons to commit terrorist crimes in Bahrain. On 30 January 2018, the Court of Appeal upheld the life sentence. He is currently serving his sentence in Jau Prison.

Since 10 August 2022, Mohamed has been held in incommunicado detention, with his news completely cut off from his family. While authorities had informed the family that a visit was schedule for 5 September, upon their arrival, they were told the visit was canceled. They have not been updated regarding his situation or a possible visit, despite promises from the administration

Mohamed’s arbitrary detention and torture during interrogation constitute violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention Against Torture. Furthermore, his denial of contact and visits with his family violates the Mandela Rules. As such, ADHRB urges Bahraini authorities to allow Mohamed to communicate with his family freely and investigate the allegations of torture to hold perpetrators accountable.