Bahrain upholds 10-year jail term for photo journalist

Updated 31 August 2014

Bahrain upholds 10-year jail term for photo journalist

DUBAI: A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld a controversial 10-year-jail term against a photojournalist convicted over his presence at a 2012 attack on a police station.
The appeal judges confirmed the sentence handed down by a lower court on March 26.
The 25-year-old photojournalist, who was in court for the appeal ruling, was convicted of attacking the police station in the village of Sitra, outside the capital on April 8, 2012.
Humaidan was part of a group of 29 Shiites, tried together from Feb. 12, 2013 for attacking the police station with Molotov cocktails and other improvised explosives.
Twenty-six of them, including Humaidan, were jailed for 10 years and three were jailed for three years.
Meanwhile, jailed activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for a week seeking release, his lawyer said on Sunday, adding that authorities have arrested his daughter at the airport.
Jailed for life for plotting to overthrow the monarchy, 54-year-old Khawaja staged a 110-day hunger strike in 2012 over his imprisonment. Authorities said they will continue to monitor Khawaja’s health.
Since the start of his hunger strike, a doctor has seen Khawaja “17 times” in five days, the interior ministry’s Ombudsman Office said in a statement reported by official BNA news agency. BNA also said Khawaja sent a letter to the prison authorities saying that “he would go on a hunger strike until he is released.”
Authorities late on Saturday arrested his daughter Maryam Al-Khawaja — codirector of the Gulf Center For Human Rights which has offices in Copenhagen and Beirut — upon her arrival at Bahrain International Airport.
Authorities finally granted Maryam a visa but accused her of “attacking policewomen” at the airport and held her in detention “for seven days pending investigation,” he told AFP.

Letter to Qatar: Abandon PR, change attitude, and siege would be lifted

Updated 25 April 2018

Letter to Qatar: Abandon PR, change attitude, and siege would be lifted

LONDON: Four Arab ambassadors have called on Qatar to improve relations with its neighbors, change its attitude and stop its support for extremism, terror and destabilization in the region.

The four ambassadors of Saudi Arabia (Mohammed bin Nawwa), Bahrain (Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa), the UAE (Suleiman Al-Mazroui) and Egypt (Nasser Kamel) co-wrote a letter published on Wednesday in the Financial Times to answer an FT lead article titled “Qatar siege is meaningless.”

The ambassadors stressed in the letter that their governments had no plans to incorporate Qatar, as the FT claimed, but all they hoped for is that the Doha government committed to the international criteria to fight terrorism and “stop its support for terror and extremism in the region.”

In the letter, the four ambassadors reminded the paper that the prime minister of Qatar attended the wedding of the son of Abdel Rahman Al-Nueimi,who is listed on a US terror list, and is the main conduit to Al-Qaeda in Iraq where, according to the US, he funnelled millions of US dollars to the organization there.

The ambassadors added that Al-Nueimi is one of many sponsors of terror living and working in Qatar.

The ambassadors drew the readers’ attention to Qatar’s “double standard behavior” — saying one thing to the West, and doing the opposite.

They concluded the letter by demonstrating Qatar’s “duplicity.”

They said that Qatar has recently intensified the use of its media and PR to promote and support terror in the Middle East generally and in Saudi Arabia especially.

Recently Qatari broadcasters opened their airwaves to Houthi militia in Yemen and its propaganda calling for attacking Saudi Arabia.

In conclusion the ambassadors called on Doha to quit its public relations campaign and change its attitude — only then would the siege be over.