** Personal Reflection of today’s funeral** Today’s funeral of martyr Saleh from Bahrain was worthy of the man he was and will always be! The funeral was marching toward where I stopped...
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An investigation has been launched in Bahrain after an anti-government protester was found dead following clashes with riot police on the eve of the controversial Formula One grand prix.
Bahraini authorities confirmed on Saturday that the dead man was Salah Abbas Habib. It said in a statement that the 36-year-old had suffered a wound to his left side and the case was being treated as a homicide.
The public security chief, Major General Tariq al-Hassan, said: ""We are pressing ahead with our investigations with every resource available. I would ask that people await the results of the autopsy and further updates rather than relying on speculation, including rumours spread through social media. The government condemns all acts of violence and will ensure the perpetrators of this crime, whoever they may be, will be brought to justice."
The opposition group al-Wefaq said Habib's body was found on the roof of a building after he and other protesters were beaten by riot police who suppressed a demonstration in the village of Shakhura late on Friday night. They released a photograph of Habib's blood-covered body on a corrugated iron roof. He was apparently found wearing a teargas mask. Reports suggested he had been shot.....
A dead man's body was found in a Shiite village where Bahraini security forces put down an overnight protest, Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq said on Saturday.
...On Saturday morning, the body of Salah Abbas Habib was discovered on a roof in Shakhoura in Bahraini. At the time, activists claimed that Salah had been running from police on Friday night when he was fired on with birdshot. Salah had subsequently gone missing and activists accused security forces of responsibility for the death.
Salah's death certificate, released today, cites "internal bleeding and gun shots" as the cause of death. An examination of his body at the morgue also reveals severe burns, a fractured neck, and other indications of brutal treatment.
So what did happen?
Around 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, police were alerted to the discovery of Salah's body. While there, they worked to prevent people from filming the body (see video) and later prevented both Salah's family and Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, from seeing the body. After the body had been taken to the morgue, the family were only allowed to see Salah's face, which had signs of blood.
Bahraini authorities put out a statement later that afternoon:
The statement added that "more details would be released as they become known".
Late Saturday night, a photo began circulating on social media of Salah's body on the roof, with clear signs of birdshot wounds along the side of his chest.
Today, Salah's body was released to his family for burial. The death certificate listed the cause of death as "internal bleeding and gun shots".
Present at the morgue were members of the Al Wefaq political society, along with lawyers and a doctor. Their examination of the body found the following:
Neck fractureBirdshots pellets in the left side of the flank, more towards the back (most probably from short distance)Birdshot pellets at the back of left foot.Bruises in the right hand.Bruises in the left leg.Severe burns in the chest and abdomen. ....
The funeral procession of the Bahraini martyr Salah Abbas Habib from Salhiyah village toward Al-Bilad village. Salah who was killed by the security forces during the 1st day of the F1 race, his body was found thrown on a roof of a garden in Al-Shakhoura village-west of Manama.
[There is a sense of community in Bahrain that is Fantastic. If I should die, it is as a death of a fly or ant. If any Bahraini were to die; it is as the passing of a great King! This is beautiful and wonderful: an aspect of Bahraini life that far surpasses anything in the West.....there is no community here, just lonely isolated individuals who have economic motivation to sell their brother short.... :-) ]