Arrests ‘crucial’ in clamp on juveniles
By SANDEEP SINGH GREWAL , Posted on » Monday, November 22, 2010
BAHRAIN’s police force yesterday defended the arrests of juveniles as part of a crackdown on street violence.
It follows calls by rights activists for children currently being held in custody to be released.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) claims 76 youngsters, aged 10 to 17, are among 355 people rounded up by police.
However, the Interior Ministry yesterday said the juveniles in custody were suspected of rioting, arson and vandalism.
Security forces had acted within the law by arresting juveniles thought to be involved in crime and it was up to the Public Prosecution to either detain or release themthe ministry said in a statement to the GDN.