While the US Ambassador was assuring us that human rights is very important to the political leadership in this country in an interview released today in Alwasat, it’s ironic that in the very same issue a news article confirms the torture of a citizen in front of a sitting MP!
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The head of Al-Wefaq political bloc MP Abduljalil Khalil said that he witnessed the torture of two citizens at 6pm Thursday evening on the 6th of Jan 2011 in that an officer from the Safra forces together with five of his company have severely beaten citizen Sayed Muhsin Alsharkhat in the reception area or the Sanabis police station. They also dragged his brother Sayed Saleh Alsharkhat, who is around 40 years old and close to his brother in age, who accompanied MP Khalil to render a complaint against a plain-clothes policeman named (….) who is used to abuse and beat citizens in the Sanabis and the surrounding area while plain-clothed complete with threats of imprisonment and the like.
MP Khalil said that he objected to this and was faced with a shouting Safra officer who verbally abused him and said, among other things, that “you exercise your MP’s status on others and not me and go and complain to whomever you wish. You don’t concern me and neither whom you represent”
Fantastic isn’t it?
The name of this “respected gentleman” is not mentioned in the news piece unfortunately, but should be easy enough to find should the government wish to find out. Him being thrown in prison on his sorry ass for his despicable behaviour and his witnessed torture is the least that could be done. I won’t hold my breath though as I know that this will never happen.
To read the rest of the disgusting account of the incident, click here (Arabic).