Bahrain’s top court Monday upheld death sentences against two men convicted of murdering a police officer in a bomb attack, after hearing the case for the second time following allegations of torture in custody.
The two accused — Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa, who are members of Muslim Sunni-ruled Bahrain’s minority Shiite community — were first sentenced in late 2014.
The Court of Cassation, the kingdom’s highest court, in 2015 confirmed the death sentences but then overturned them after the emergence of a previously undisclosed medical report by the interior ministry.
According to Human Rights Watch, the report appeared to corroborate claims the detainees had been tortured to force them to confess to fabricated charges.
But an appeals court in January 2020 reinstated the sentences, a move that was condemned by Amnesty International which said the trial relied on “confession extracted through torture”.
On Monday the top court upheld that verdict, the…
Source: Guardian Newspaper