Bahrain medics detained for aiding man after anti-government protest
26 March 2010
Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini authorities to account for the arrest and brief detention of two medical workers, apparently for helping a man who had been wounded during an anti-government protest this month.
Ibrahim al-Demistani, who works at al-Salmaniya hospital in Manama and ‘Abdel-’Aziz Shabeeb, a nurse in a private comapny, were arrested after they helped Hussain ‘Ali Hassan al-Sahlawi, who had been shot and left unconscious by a Bahraini security official in Karzakan on the evening of 14 March.
Both men were detained at a police station in Hamad until Sunday, when they were released on bail on charges of “cover up” and “abusing their medical profession”.
Hussain ‘Ali Hassan al-Sahlawi is reported to still be receiving treatment for his injuries. Under constant police guard, he is said to have been charged with participating in an illegal protest. He has been allowed access to his family and a lawyer.
According to media reports, the Health Ministry evicted members of the Bahrain Nursing Society (BNS) from their premises on Monday, to stop them from holding a party to celebrate the release of Ibrahim al-Demistani, who is also the BNS board secretary.