Bandargate…

16 Sep, '06

Let the games begin.

سلطات الأمن تبعد صلاح البندر عن البلاد

أبعدت السلطات الرسمية مساء أمس الأول (الثلثاء) المستشار السابق في أحد الأجهزة الرسمية صلاح البندر، بريطاني الجنسية من أصل سوداني، إلى المملكة المتحدة (لندن)، بعد ان تم التحقيق معه في الليلة نفسها في مبنى النيابة العامة، حيث وجهت له تهمة محاولة قلب نظام الحكم والانتماء إلى تنظيم خارجي- حسب أقوال زوجته. وكانت إدارة المباحث الجنائية قد فتشت منزل البندر بمنطقة الرفاع الشرقي ومكتبه الخاص الواقع في منطقة السيف، وذلك في الساعة الثامنة من مساء اليوم نفسه (الثلثاء)، وتم مصادرة ممتلكات تتعلق بمعلومات كانت في حوزته، بما فيها أجهزة الكمبيوتر وبعض الأقراص المدمجة وبعض المطبوعات. واستمر رئيس نيابة المنطقة الوسطى في التحقيق مع البندر حتى الساعة الواحدة من بعد منتصف الليل، ومن ثم تم إبعاده على متن طائرة أقلعت من البحرين عند الساعة الواحدة والنصف من اليوم نفسه. وبدورها قامت زوجة البندر رئيسة جمعية الفكر الحر ليلى رجب، بمراجعة النيابة العامة في صباح اليوم التالي، إلا أنها علمت بان الجهات المختصة قد رحلت زوجها إلى ‘’لندن’’، حيث انه يملك جواز سفر بريطانياً، الأمر الذي جعلها تتوجه إلى السفارة البريطانية، حيث استقبلها نائب السفير البريطاني ستيفينس، والذي أكد لها بأنه قد اطمأن على سلامة زوجها فور وصوله إلى مطار ‘’هيثرو’’ صباح أمس (الأربعاء)، مؤكدا لها بأنه سوف يتابع الموضوع لدى النيابة العامة. كما قام نائب السفير بإصدار تأشيرة دخول مفتوحة لها لدخول المملكة المتحدة في أي وقت.
وحول الوظائف التي شغلها البندر قالت رجب ‘’ان زوجي البندر من أصول سودانية ويحمل الجنسية البريطانية منذ 20 عاماً وقد تزوجنا منذ 15 عاماً وكان دائم التردد على البحرين لكن خلال العامين الأخيرين استقر في البحرين بعد ان تولى منصب المستشار في احد الأجهزة الرسمية’’. من جانبه لفت مصدر سياسي مطلع إلى ان ‘’البندر قام بإعداد تقرير موسع حول الوضع السياسي في البلاد، وتحديدا حول الانتخابات النيابية والبلدية المقبلة يحتوي على معلومات بقصد إثارة البلبلة’’، مضيفا ‘’ان البندر قام بتوزيع نسخ من هذا التقرير إلى عدد من الجهات بعد ان تم فصله من عمله لأسباب لم يتم الإفصاح عنها بعد’’.

Alwaqt :: 14 Sept, ’06

For a google translation, click here and read Manama Republic‘s take on this. If this is not the start of a “bandargate” I’m not sure what would be…

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  1. Anonymous says:

    will someone please post the report of a link to it. i’m very interested, and keen to read more.

  2. mahmood says:

    It’s an election year, and the opposition have gotten their hands on something they can actually now bargain with… should be quite an ineresting few weeks coming up!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The report will come to a website near you, it was promised, but not before having a field day -or rather a field evening- with it.

  4. jayjerome says:

    “It speaks of a special team of 4 Jordanians charged with surveying and analyzing the political and electoral scene, compensated with upward of BD1600 monthly each. (I tip a hat for their manifested thoroughness). Of a slush fund of BD 2 million to manipulate elections. Of a special media team to inundate local and international media with anti-opposition articles and stories. Of concerted effort to ensure that four named Sunni candidates (including Dr. Salah Ali and Jamal Dawood) plus three unnamed Shia Sayyid candidates do win. Of a program to pay money to Shia families who converted to Sunniism. Of how much Al-Watan’s is monthly-subsidized (BD100 K). Of how much an editor in chief and a head of a “human rights watch” are being paid for their teamwork, etc, etc, all in crystal clear photocopied documents.”

    Welcome to “Bush World.” Typical ‘dirty-trick’ electioneering. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the world of power politics when they start manipulating the intel and announce on TV that all the (fill in the blank) has been poisoned by (fill in the blank) and you’re unpatriotic to question it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This either will be an amazing bargaining tool for the opposition which would be used to speed up the whole political process in Bahrain or all hell is gonna break lose and we’re back to the 90s. except a dozen times worse.

  6. Obviously little has changed. It still sounds like a blanket charge, while something else hides under the covers.

    Man, this is how we treat consultants who find what we don’t want to hear?

  7. WordOnTheStreet says:

    Word on the street, the report include…

    (*) Plans for assassinating leading opposition figures.
    (*) Creating Sunni-Shiite conflicts.
    (*) Neutralization of 150,000 in a short period of time.
    (*) Leadership of HH Ahmed Atiyat-Allah Al Khalifa
    (*) Sponsored by Kuwait Finance House !!

    Here are the first two pages with more to come when I get my hands on the report…


  8. moclippa says:

    How substantiated is this information? Are “wordonthestreet”‘s claim’s legitimate? Plans for assasinating opposition figures, creating sunni-shi’ite conflicts and neutralizing 150,000 are too much to stomach… Mostly since I do not see how anyone in the government would ever have thought, that those policies would at all be in their benifit.

    If Proof is given out that the original charges have any truth, then there needs to be a full and public investigation, conducted by neutral international observers.

    I still completly refuse to belive wordonthestreets additional charges… I hope for all our sakes that he is just another nobrain radical trying to throw oil into the fire, and that both forum readers and citizens don’t take it or any other outlandish suggestions, as blind truth.

    … we have the claims (with a nice range between moderate to extreme), now lets demand the facts! But do not search for truth with a predetermined outcome in your mind, or all you will see are the facts you want. Neutral, compentant international observers are the dish of the year. Hopefully enough people (and the government) will be on board for that suggestion… lets avoid the 90s and turn a new page in how citizen government confrontation is handled in this country… don’t give the people on top another reason (bombings, violence) to shut this case closed by declaring a security situation.

  9. mahmood says:

    … we have the claims (with a nice range between moderate to extreme), now lets demand the facts! But do not search for truth with a predetermined outcome in your mind, or all you will see are the facts you want. Neutral, compentant international observers are the dish of the year. Hopefully enough people (and the government) will be on board for that suggestion… lets avoid the 90s and turn a new page in how citizen government confrontation is handled in this country… don’t give the people on top another reason (bombings, violence) to shut this case closed by declaring a security situation.

    I am so with you on this. When I read the two pages and the bullet points entered by WordOnTheStreet my jaw dropped and a tight knot was created in my stomach.

    Far fetched, yes of course they might be, but in the almost complete breakdown in trust between both sides, any claim like this will be taken as gospel, and the saddening thing is that you will also find people completely and utterly agreeing with these points as legitimate tools of governance.

    The king is meeting the heads of political societies tomorrow.. let’s see what transpires from that meeting. Maybe he will touch upon these issues.

  10. Ali says:

    Read the full report in PDF format:

    http://www.megaupload.com/sa/?d=E9QC8DO9

  11. mahmood says:

    thanks Ali… it didn’t take long for it to be published on the internet!

  12. naddooi says:

    This doesnt seem like the full report, cause it seems a tad short… only 13 of the pages? :/

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sponsored by Kuwait Finance House

    The above comment is not true, KFH is just the bank where the sponsor issues checks from.

  14. moclippa says:

    Anonymous… none of these charges are “true” untill proven.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Want to know more about Al Bandar ?

    http://www.sudaneseonline.com/ar/article_5036.shtml

  16. Anonymous says:

    Want to see the Al alam Inteview

  17. زينب says:

    اني شيعية بحرينية واصدق تقرير البندر100 في 100 وان شاء الله ان هالمخطط ما بيصير ..بس الله على الظالم .
    عايشين في بلد!!البحرين بيصير احلى لو شي واحد بس صار! =(

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