Bahrain: a Prominent Activist Naji fateel Facing 15 years in Prison

Pic: Naji Fateel with Margaret Sekaggya

Human Rights Defender Naji Fateel was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after the decision of the criminal court on Sunday, September 29.

Naji Fateel has been subjected to severe torture during interrogation in the notorious Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID). Among the allegations are that he has received electrical shocks to his genitals, left foot, and back, and been subjected to simulated drowning, severe beatings, threats to publish photographs of his wife (taken from her camera which was confiscated when security forces raided the family home), verbal abuse using uncivilized words, hanging by his hands from the ceiling, sexual harassment and threats to rape him, standing for long hours, and sleep deprivation. ( For more information see our appeal: http://byshr.org/?p=1381)

Mr.Naji Fateel: is a board member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and blogger who has been active in reporting human rights violations in Bahrain.He used his account on Twitter for dissemination of human rights information. He was previously detained between Dec 2007 and April 2009, and has been reportedly tortured.His house was stormed in search for him several times last year following the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands:

1.The immediate release of the prominent human rights activist Naji Fateel.
2.Drop all charges against Naji Fateel.
3.The immediate and urgent investigation in the torture allegations Naji Fateel was subjected to in the Criminal Investigation Department.
4.Bring those responsible for torture to fair trials.

For more information on the case of Naji Fateel: http://byshr.org/?p=1375

Additional information on the trial today:

1-The court issued a verdict on all the defendants in the case (a coalition of 14 February).

2-Number of defendants : 50 people ( Including one woman)

3-Ms. Rehana Moussaoui was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

4- 16 people have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

5- 4 people have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

6- 30 people have been sentenced to 5 years in prison.

7-20 people (from total 50) has been sentenced in absentia.

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