The lawyer of a Bahraini prisoner who died after being transferred to a hospital has condemned prison officials for ignoring the inmate’s worsening health condition.
Zainab Abdulaziz said on Saturday that the Bahraini regime prison authorities “waited too long to provide medical treatment” and ignored deteriorating health of Yousef Ali al-Nashmi, who was arrested in August as part of the regime crackdown on protests.
Nashmi died while in custody on October 11.
Abdulaziz also stated that authorities had hospitalized Nashmi after he fell into a coma on September 23.
A funeral for Nashmi was held in Jidhafs, a western suburb of Manama, on Saturday. Demonstrators marched on the capital’s Pearl Square following the funeral, chanting slogans against the Al Khalifa regime.
“The people want the downfall of the regime,” the protesters shouted.
Bahraini police used sound grenades and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. One protester was wounded during the crackdown.
The uprising in Bahrain began in mid-February 2011.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates stepped in to assist the Manama regime forces in the crackdown on the peaceful protests.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested ever since.
Physicians for Human Rights organization says Bahraini doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared, because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-regime protesters.