The trial of 23 persons (human rights defenders, political activists, bloggers, and the men of religion) started at 10 am, attended the court hearing, representatives from the embassies, defense lawyers, representatives of the international organization as well as some local media and some relatives of the detainees.
Attended by new defense(second ) appointed by the Minister of Justice to defend the detainees.
Some lawyers asked the judge to delay to review the case files.
Some lawyers have confirmed that the Article (216) of the Code of Criminal Procedure is unconstitutional.
The defense requested from the judge that he transfer the case to the Constitutional Court according to Article (20) of the Bahraini Constitution.
Because Article (20-E) of the Constitution of Bahrain , Indicate to ” Every person accused of an offence must have a lawyer to defend him with (his consent)”. But Article (216) of the Code of Criminal Procedure do not contain “(his consent)”
The judge did not respond to requests for lawyers and has postponed the hearing to January 27th, 2011, so that the new team may submit their pleading.
For more information , contact :
Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati – President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Mobile : (+973)36437088
A lawyer shall appear in court with every accused. An appointed lawyer shall notify the Court of his name before the hearing fixed for examining the case at least four days before the date of such hearing.
If the Court finds that an accused in a felony has not appointed an attorney to defend him, it shall appoint an attorney for him.