Bahrain Scholars Announce ‘General Rage’ in Support of Death Row Detainees
Bahraini scholars announced on Saturday general rage in protest against a ruling to execute three activists over alleged involvement in a blast that took place in 2014.
In a statement the scholars called Bahrainis to take to streets “in a bid to save the lives of the three innocent activists.”
“Your rage is the hope which will change all the equations, as well as the way that will save our youths,” the statement added, addressing Bahraini people.
On Monday, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation found Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace guilty of killing a member of Emirati forces assisting Manama in its clampdown on Bahraini demonstrators in the northern village of al-Daih back in March 2014.
According to Bahraini laws, any upheld death sentence, which no longer becomes subject to appeal, shall not be executed before the approval of Bahrain King, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The laws do not specify any time period for the king to approve the death sentences’ implementation.
Bahraini authorities have not implemented any death sentences in political cases since the execution of martyr Isa Qambar in March 1996. It has however implemented death sentences in criminal cases, such as murder.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to assist the government in its crackdown.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on anti-regime activists.