Possible positive movement ahead?

19 Dec, '06

According to my sources, it seems that the Royal Court has finally initiated an official investigation in the Bandargate scandal and the king has instructed the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Court, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla to progress the case through the judicial authorities. The judicial authorities in turn are said to have drawn a list of 50 people implicated in the scandal for imminent interviews.

If this is indeed the case then this by itself is an excellent – long awaited – development, although this action could be completely unconnected to the recent Al-Wefaq’s stance, but rather has been mitigated due to various conditions. The other conditions could be due to the king’s promise to the religious clerics that he will initiate an investigation within 3 months of their meeting, the other is that the Royal Court closely watched last night’s funereal precession of Shaikh Abdulamir Al-Jamri and was shocked with the number of mourners involved as well as their political frustrations as demonstrated by shouted slogans and the graffiti left behind on almost every wall on the precession route calling for the death of Al-Khalifa and other political messages.

All of these situations will crystallise soon enough; however, other than having to be patient to find out exactly what transpires, we also have to be vigilant and not allow anyone or any party to hijack parliament and the little democracy we enjoy for their own selfish gains.

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  1. Bandargate says:

    Official investigation is not enough. It might be a means to deceive the public. We demand a fair and an independent investigation that involves credible personalities. Honestly, based on recent developments, I don’t think the authourities are yet serious about such investigation.

  2. Bandargate says:

    Khalifa is ordering Khalifa to investigate about another Khalifa, hah?

  3. Maverick says:

    Bandargate, I fear what you say may be true as there are many politically manipulated results that can come about. I hope that for the sake of the kingdom, the King will step in when necessary and amputate the necessary rotting appendages from the government, be it also from his own kin, proving that in matters of state that no one is above the law.

    It will also show his commitment to his people. What use is family when they bring you shame? Blood that is thicker than water will clot and bring about fatal heart attacks and kill what is precious.

    Perhaps you are wrong and I hope you are for the sake of Bahrain.

    God help us.

  4. Redbelt says:

    Khalifa is ordering Khalifa to investigate about another Khalifa, hah?

    Well Bandergate, you may have forgotten that they too can disagree. Having the same name does not mean having the same objections or ideas. I see nothing in a royal member investigating the actions of another.

  5. mahmood says:

    But it certainly would give the investigation a lot more legitimacy had it been assigned to another independent body.

  6. Maverick says:

    But it certainly would give the investigation a lot more legitimacy had it been assigned to another independent body.

    True! But try asking for that in this country of closetted justice.

  7. mahmood says:

    Everyone is asking the exact same thing, and that’s what’s important here. Because if they did do a shabby investigation with no one apportioned blame and no penalties are levied, then the world would at least know that the community and activists have been asking for an impartial investigation but they didn’t get it.

    Then the blame will be on the government first and foremost and it will lose even more credibility in national and international circles.

  8. Maverick says:

    Jeeeez I need a strong coffee nopww…Yah Allah ho Akbar!

  9. Surprised says:

    guys, first off ‘death to _____ ‘ is just plane savage to me.. to be frank people like that should be checked whether they’re sane and fear God for their acts they wish to commit (or atleast wish upon someone) to commit such a crime.. or if they understand the word ‘civil law’ and the ‘courts’ .. i certainly have NO respect to illiterate people like that.. would anyone else?!!

    secondly, families all around the world have feuds , it’s just natural, so a khalifa ordering another khalifa to investigate a khalifa should be no surprise at all. to be frank i’m just a bit dissappointed that it ONLY started just now.. should’ve started the week all this bandergate crap came up.. the point of the matter is Legitimacy.. and upholding the rule of law no matter WHO u r..

    so if it’s a minister(s) being sentenced to jail then so be it.. accept the facts, learn the lesson and move on. and please everybody if you want to do this right without making it bloody and making it ALL headline news all around the world, then we might maybe stand a chance of saving Bahrain’s image.. if it changes to the worst just a little bit, then kiss Bahrain’s image and all its investments goooodbyyeeee…. (unless it might be someone’s agenda to do just that and topple the current government.. arent we Arabs known for such stuff anyway?? that’s the scary part for me)..what the heck, I might ..just might take most my money out of Bahrain just incase $hit hits the fan and all investments dry up in Bahrain. where r those liberals and business-minded folk who care for Bahrain??? where r their voice for God’s sake?? all we c is death and bloodiness and arms everywhere?? why!?? what about the dream of raising a family and making a living? seeing your kids go to school safely and grow up to get a job?? what happened to caring whether there is enough food in the fridge, making sure electricity in Bahrain is good enough (or go ahead and improve it a bit).. whatever happened to having a good-quality (and internationally acceptable) education system so that we could get jobs abroad and compete and the global marketplace?? what happened to THOSE priorities?!?!?! Why the hell is it that someone has to DIE or governments to be toppled when European powers are growing every day, Chinese Indian econmies globalizing the meaning of business and we sit here and fear for our lives?!!?

    this all ticks me off, that’s all i could say.

  10. mahmood says:

    globalizing the meaning of business and we sit here and fear for our lives

    makes

    Bahrain’s image

    immaterial.

    Image without substance is void. Taking care of Bandargate properly is the substance. Taking car of it superficially – as a lot of people are assuming this underway investigation is, due to the perception of its partiality and the Bahrainis near complete distrust in their government – is image.

    So for once, please, let’s concentrate on the substance and forget the superficialities. Once the substance is taken care of honestly, the “image” will exponentially increase in the eyes of Bahrainis and the international community.

  11. nurox says:

    Mahmood, very well said!

    It is so easy to cover up a mess and push it under the rug hoping no one will notice, it’s not like you’ve cleaned the mess up!

    It’s a matter of digging up the actual causes behind such things and helping solve those issues.

    first off ‘death to _____ ‘ is just plane savage to me..

    I don’t think anyone in their right minds would wish death on a certain person or family, but sometimes it comes out that way from people due to their frustrations, that’s not to say they are right in doing so, but for every action there is a reaction. Hence we have to understand what caused people to say that, and solve those issues, not complain about the issue’s aftermath. With the root problems being sorted, such people will have less and less reason to shout out such things.

  12. mother of yet to be born kids says:

    Hmmm. being a young woman myself and living within the shia community and not being a shia myself, i feel as if i have to watch my back now after the immoral acts on the day of the late al jamri’s funeral. The dead man taught them manners so i read in GDN but i guess they didnt take any understanding or wisdom from his wise words, instead to mourn his death they walked the streets like thugs defacing property of private villa’s, shops, supermarkets and anything that wasnt shia owned all the way from the end of janabiya highway near budaya all the way as my eyes could see up to the new Dairy Queen traffic lights. Is this the image shia people really want to be giving non muslims ????

    Bahrain has gone from peacefull some 20 years ago to an island where there is terror and fear of leaving home incase ur family get axed, raped, murdered, assulted doing daily chores in the market place like buying ur hamor fish to being verbally abused while sat on the public Cars transport as my mother was just yesterday for being a non muslim white, no hijab woman.

    Actions speak louder than words. Right now i have no love for shia people who terorise others in the streets and laugh it off and turn their backs.

    Thuggs need to be arrested and boxed in a cell with no windows and lashed a few times to understand the actions they choose are just darn right sick.

    May Allah guide them to the haqq and educate thier little minds to understand that moral and manners are an islamic branch of faith.Ameen

    ma salama.

  13. nurox says:

    is it me or has the discussion strayed a little from the topic 😕

  14. Al-Jamri in Brief says:

    Lady;
    There were shouts and slogans, and graffiti against the government, but there were no incidents recorded against “property of private villa’s, shops, supermarkets and anything that wasnt shia owned”

    There is no sectarian war in Bahrain! may be yoiu are speeking about Iraq! There were many Sunnis participated in the funeral too. Stop these stupid lies and “bandergate- related” propaganda.

  15. Surprised says:

    I certainly am for the Bandergate investigation to commence ASAP and yeah I can understand that it would surely be a positive thing all-in-all that a country in the Arab world uncovers such cases and deals with it properly (which we ALL hope for) … it’s just that I am worried that with all the voices of pushing Bandergate into the limelight , there might be voices would take serious advantage of it for their own political gain and put Bahrain way back before the 90’s, the 80’s the 70’s maybe even hundreds of years back.. thats all. before u know it, we could have a mini-Iraq situation here in Bahrain which is ever more fueled thanks to the regional situation..

    I just hope this ‘investigation’ is done transparently, properly, and swiftly, thats all i can ask for. Let’s see rational and sane people talk and speak out their views in a fair manner without resorting to unhelpful remarks such as death to this death to that.. or see more of the defacing of houses and streets all over Bahrain. it just hurts to see such stuff in your own country, I am as ticked with the Bandergate case as these idiotic people who go around doing and saying such remarks.

    let’s hope the case ends soon fairly to all.

  16. BCHR says:

    Maintaining Sectarian Division and Penetrating NGO’s
    The Al Bander report: what it says and what it means

    By Zara Al Sitari, Bahrain Center for Human Rights- September 2006

    A secret web lead by a high government official, who is a member of the royal family, has been operating in Bahrain with an aim to manipulate the results of coming elections, maintain sectarian distrust and division, and to ensure that Bahrain’s Shias remain oppressed and disenfranchised, according to Dr. Salah Al Bandar, strategic planning’s chancellor at the Council of Ministers Affairs. As a result of leaking the information, Dr Al Bander was deported to the United Kingdom on September 13th as he is a British citizen.

    <Admin edit> the full (excellent) entry has been given it’s own page here.

  17. bikeshed says:

    I guess it’s a bit too late for a chicken in every pot and car in every driveway, huh? How about proper drainage and sidewalks instead?

  18. Redbelt says:

    But it certainly would give the investigation a lot more legitimacy had it been assigned to another independent body.

    True. However there are lots of formalities between Shiekhs that others may (and probably will) find this offensive. And that will lead to all types of shit.
    So, by doing that they can maintain a level of informality and that its still (Between us) so matters can be resolved without the fuss.

    Alot of people will not agree to it, but understanding how socially sensative these situations are, I think doing so will lead to less negative reactions.

  19. nurox says:

    Redbelt,

    Couldn’t it also seriously effect it’s transparency and fairness?

  20. mahmood says:

    but understanding how socially sensative these situations are, I think doing so will lead to less negative reactions.

    And the exclusionary program enacted against the vast swathe of the populace in Bahrain is not “socially sensitive”?

    This dedicated, well funded, well studied and already implemented exclusionary and sectarian program’s dismantlement is far more important than “face” or “tribal unity”. I don’t give a damn about Ahmed Attiyatallah and all of those implicated in this program. I want justice, I want them made example of, and I want to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again. Ever.

    The only way forward which I and the majority of Bahrain (non-sectarianally speaking) is a full, transparent and binding investigation. The way it was done so far falls far short of that demand.

  21. naddooi says:

    Socially sensitive?

    What’s one families internal social dynamics got to do with running a country, governing how people live today and how the will live in the future?

    Focusing on the “social sensitivities” of one particular family, and letting that govern how you run a whole country, is slightly egoistical, don’t you think?

  22. Silver says:

    Mahmood,

    this is the first time i post anything on your site. i just want to tell you about the great job you are doing.
    one more thing, i think it will be a good idea to make bumper stickers saying in arabic “dont blame me, i didnt vote for ________”
    What do you think??

  23. mahmood says:

    Silver, welcome! and it’s a brilliant idea!

  24. Bandargate says:

    on 20 Dec 2006 at 12:08 pm Redbelt
    Khalifa is ordering Khalifa to investigate about another Khalifa, hah?

    Well Bandergate, you may have forgotten that they too can disagree. Having the same name does not mean having the same objections or ideas. I see nothing in a royal member investigating the actions of another.

    ca’mon Redbelt, you know it’s not about names. it’s about fairness, independence, and legitimacy! It’s a well-known legal issue, as they are all close family members! Even the smallest bank in Bahrain wouldn’t allow it. This wouldn’t be allowed even in a football game! If you and others are concerned about Bahrain’s image, then you should demand doing the right thing. We Bahrainis deserve much better than this: we’ve carried his car on our shoulders, we voted high for him, WE MADE HIM A KING! We are merely asking for a fair investigation, is this so much?? Or are we promoting that some people should remain above the law?
    For the white lady: I’m smelling a racial breath, and you really don’t need to reveal your colour, we’d respect you whether you’re white or black, blue-eyed or dark, BTW.

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