Bahrain Again Postpones Appeal of Military Conviction of Civilians, Verdict Expected in February

The Bahraini government announced on 31 January 2018 that the Military High Court of Appeal has yet again postponed the case of 13 men convicted by the Military High Court on 25 December 2017. After appeal hearings on 10, 14, and 31 January, the case is now adjourned to 21 February, when the court is expected to[…]

Bahrain Adjourns Qatar Conspiracy Trial Against Sheikh Ali Salman and Other Al Wefaq Members

On 25 January 2018, Bahraini Advocate General Osama Al Ufi announced that the High Criminal Court again adjourned the trial of Sheikh Ali Salman, Sheikh Hassan Ali Juma Sultan, and Ali Mehdi Ali Al Aswad over accusations of “exchanging intelligence information with Qatar” to undermine the Al Khalifa monarchy in 2011. The next hearing is[…]

Al Arabiya News fined £120,000 ($170,000) for violating privacy of Bahraini torture survivor

25 January 2018 – Saudi broadcaster Al Arabiya has been fined £120,000 ($171,556) by Ofcom, a British communications regulatory body, for infringing on the privacy of imprisoned Bahraini political leader and torture survivor Hassan Mashaima. The penalty follows the regulator’s decision, in April 2017, that Al Arabiya would face sanctions for broadcasting a recorded testimony[…]

Appeal Case for Bahraini Military Conviction of Civilians Postponed

10 January 2018 – Today, a military appellate court postponed the appeal of 13 men who were tried before the Bahraini Military High Court on 25 December 2017. The appeal has been postponed to 14 January 2018. This case marks the first trial of civilians before a military court in Bahrain since 2011, after King[…]

Bahrain Abruptly Reschedules Nabeel Rajab’s Twitter Case to 7 December

Following the Bahraini government’s abrupt decision to advance Nabeel Rajab’s most recent hearing from 31 December 2017 to 5 December 2017, the court has now adjourned the case to Thursday, 7 December. One of Bahrain’s most prominent human rights defenders, Rajab faces up to 15 years in prison for charges stemming from tweets in which[…]