Bahrain: Medics’ ‘Cases Should Be Retried Before The Ordinary Courts’

After outrage from the international community at the arrests and convictions of dozens of medical workers who helped peaceful protesters injured by Bahraini security forces, the tiny Persian Gulf nation announced today it would be retrying those medics in civilian courts. The country’s attorney general said authorities “determined that the cases should be retried before the ordinary courts.” The reversal seems to confirm the verdict of rights groups like Human Rights Watch (HRW) that the military courts were a “travesty of justice.” HRW also alleged that the trials against medics who came to the aide of injured protesters amid a violent government crackdown on Bahraini protesters was a form of “retribution” by authorities.