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Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot

Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A possible police investigation into allegations that the head of Bahrain’s National Olympic Committee was involved in the torture of political detainees, including three national team football players, could prove embarrassing for the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and a relative of the prince, who has systematically refused to condemn the torture and detention of numerous athletes in Bahrain.

An investigation could also constitute a litmus test for the efforts of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to persuade international sports governance to recognize the inextricable links between sports and politics. It could raise issues for the IOC that are similar to those that have dogged world football body FIFA since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

In Qatar’s case FIFA executives have been forced by widespread condemnation of labor conditions in the Gulf state to acknowledge that human rights criteria should be taken into consideration in the awarding of future tournaments. In Bahraini NOC head Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa’s case, the question would be whether human rights should be a criterion for eligibility in international sports governance.
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The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime..

The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime.. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....The following are some of the violations committed against Al Meqdad during the arrest & investigation phase.  Their behavior with Al Meqdad shows how his arrest was inappropriate for cleric, without any consideration to his religious position or his social statues or his age.

[List of tortures]

1. Depraving him from sleeping for seven consecutive days until he fainted.
2. Standing for hours on his feets which led to fatigue and sometimes fainting.
3. Beating him with batons and kicking him to force him to stand again.
4. He was hanged upside down from his feet. He was being beaten with plastic cables and sticks. He was tortured this way many times for long periods.
5. Using an electric detonator on sensitive area of the body. It has left physical and psychological effects. Many of them still exist despite that it’s been more than a year.
6. Beating him with plastic wire on the back, stomach, thighs and other parts of the body ( After a year now, the marks on his body can still be seen).
7. Kicking him with their legs and stepping on his face, head, neck with their shoes and even sometimes put them inside his mouth.
8. Beating him on the feet with batons after throwing him on the ground. Tightening his handcuffs and beating the legs harshly to the point of bleeding.
9. Handcuffing his hands to the back and blindfolding his eyes.
10. Forcing him to stand for long periods and his hands rose to the top without touching the walls.
11. Pouring cold water on his body and bed inside the prison cell.
12. Spitting on the face and preventing them from wiping it off.
13. Repeatedly, he was forced to open his mouth to spit inside and they made him swallow it before eating.
14. Swearing and cursing his honor. After being tortured they forced other prisoners to testify that Al Meqdad was saying that and not the prison officers. Furthermore, he was forced to call himself inappropriate names such as “I’m an animal, I’m a dog”.
15. Insulting religion and its beliefs and humiliating Muslim leaders.
16. Defaming our religious beliefs like why worshiping the soil (Turba of Imam Hussain)? And calling Shiah with names such as “infidels and traitors”.
17. He was forced to kiss the shoes of officers in prison (many prisoners were forced to do so) and in case he refused to do so, they attack him with beatings and more physical and psychological assaults.
18. Striping him off for long periods along with using black hoses on his back while being stripped. It happened for several times.
19. Threats of assaulting his family
20. Causing noises at nights by clubbing on the iron bars of the cells to prevent him from sleeping.
21. Forcing Al Meqdad to kiss symbols of the Bahraini and Saudi regime (members of the royal families of both countries).
22. Restricting him from using the bathroom and not allowing him to use it when needed . and when it is allowed to be used, he is given a limited time.
23. He was forced to cover his whole body including the face, with blankets when going to the bathroom in order not be seen or recognized by anyone.
24. Prevented from having a shower, or changing his clothes for at least two weeks.
25. Standing under the sun at noon.
26. Violations were made also on the way from and to the military court, opposition leaders were tied with strong ropes on their necks that led to difficulties in breathing and sometimes vomiting while being handcuffed. Also Al Meqdad along with others, were blindfolded and their faces and hands were covered with sacks of cloths on their way to the court.

27. Within the waiting room onside the court, prisoners were mocked and pushed to each other.

28. Deprived from contacting his family during the first period of the detention.

29. Deprived from contacting a lawyer during the investigation and the military prosecution.

30. Put in solitary confinement (it was a small underground cell in the MOI fort). It lasted for three months.

31. Forced to sign a statement (Confessions) during investigations without reading or knowing its content.

32. Denial of medical care, and treatment.

33. Threats of sexual abuse, even sexual harassment occurred for some prisoners, including Sheikh Mirza Al-mahroos, "I have seen how he shouted due to the severe pain to." said Sheikh Al-Meqdad.

34. Psychological torture (Threats and the hearing the shouts of other prisoners from the severe pains).

35. Denial of adequate and acceptable food.

36. Officers deceived prisoners by telling them that they are outside Bahrain, "they tell us you are in Saudi Arabia's prisons, we will sentence you harsh sentences, your heads will be cut with the sword", Meqdad said.

37. Entering dogs inside the prison ward while lights off, the dogs barked and attacked the cells viciously and brutally.

38. Raiding homes of detainees during their arrest, smashing the doors and tampering with the contents of the house. Along with, Stealing and confiscation some of the house belongings, such as computers, mobile phones, money and others.
39. Spreading terror by raising weapons and guns in the faces of women and children during house raids.

40. He was beaten with hands and batons in a military court building, to the extent that on 22.06.2011 he shouted "peacefully peacefully, the people are asking for freedom" in court when the verdict came out. The leaders were tortured and according to them “no one was spared”.

41. According to Al Meqdad: "I was beaten and tortured at the fort Hospital while I was getting treatment and on the hospital bed. He added” that did not prevented them from hitting me and torturing me."
42. Al Meqdad along with other prisoners, were attacked and tortured while sleeping at night. He stated "This has happened to me personally that while I was sleeping, a group of masked men removed the quilt from my face, and began torturing me."
43. Not allowed to exercise their religious rituals, such as restricting prisoners from doing their prayer, reading the holy Qur'an.
44. Al Meqdad was forced to gargle with urine at the Fort Hospital when asked to examine a sample of urine.

45. Forced to do dignifying and revolting things, by which he was ashamed to mention.

Individuals responsible for Al Meqdad’s torture

 

[List of torturers]

1. Prince Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the son of the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa: -
2. Badr Ibrahim Ghaith - a captain at the National Security Agency, He tortured Al Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
3. Yousif Al-Mannai - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency tortured Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
4. Mohamed Owaid (a Jordanian national) - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency, , who has threatened and tortured Al Meqdad. Al Meqdad had seen his face during his current arrest, and recognized him from previous arrests. Owaid told Al Meqdad “ I’m not afraid from anyone, I will shoot whoever come near my house”

5. Abdullah Al Suri - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency , Al Meqdad saw his face while torturing him ( on the same night Nasser Bin Hamad tortured the Sheikh).

6. Major. Basil Siyadi – He knows all torturers who cover their faces with masks to hide their true identity, Al Meqdad demanded that Siyadi should be presented to the law to reveal all information needed about the torturers in the Bahraini prisons.

The above mentioned individuals are among those who tortured Sheikh Mohammed Al Meqdad,

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Bahrain prosecution complicit in torture: says human rights group

Bahrain prosecution complicit in torture: says  human rights group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A leading Bahraini human rights group rejected on Monday an announcement by the country's chief prosecutor that 15 police officers would be charged with torturing doctors. ....

 

But Said Yousif, deputy head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, accused the public prosecution of being complicit in the suppression of the protests.

“The public prosecution are part of the torture, we have testimony of detainees who have been tortured inside their building,” he said.

"We also have testimonies of people who have told the public prosecution they have been tortured and they have been ignored. We don't believe it is an independent institution, it is part of the problem."

Yousif added that a number of ministers had been accused of being complicit in the torture but had not been investigated.

"Senior members of the ruling elite were involved in torture but they are only charging the low-level officers," he said.

A number of key individuals in Bahrain, including two sons of king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah, have been implicated in torture but have yet to face charges. ....

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Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa = 'one of its most sadistic torturers'

Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa  = 'one of its most sadistic torturers' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A new report has warned that it is disastrous for the 2012 London Olympic Games to be attended by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the head of Bahrain's Olympic Committee, who has been accused of committing crimes against humanity.

According to the Bahrain Freedom Movement’s statement, the al-Khalifa regime is sending “one of its most sadistic torturers” to the UK, contrary to British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s assertion that anyone engaged in torture would be denied a visa for the Games.

Expressing concerns about the UK’s direct arms complicity in the regime’s brutal crackdown on women and children, the report also warns that the lives of three prominent detainees, who had testified that Nasser had personally tortured them, are at risk.

Sheikh Mohammad Habib Al Miqdad, Sheikh Mirza Al Mahroos and Mohammad Hassan Jawad are among the detainees who said that Nasser had hurled verbal abuses as he kicked them during the anti-regime protests that kicked off in 2011.

Sheikh Nasser, one of six sons to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain, had publicly called for "a wall to fall on the heads" of all those who peacefully demonstrated against the Al-Khalifa regime.

He also headed a committee that arrested, imprisoned and tortured 150 sportsmen and sports officials, including a disabled athlete, with some prisoners saying they were personally beaten by Sheikh Nasser himself.

Furthermore, when Mohammed Hubail, Bahrain's national football team player, was sentenced to two years imprisonment, Sheikh Nasser tweeted, “If it was up to me, I’d give them all life.”

The report also quoted Denis MacShane, British Labour MP, expressing earlier this week, “We are still exporting arms to Bahrain, where the death toll mounts, the numbers in prison grow and the torture continues. I am curious to know whether the Minister has any moral qualms about that.” ...

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Britain urged to ban royal head of Bahrain Olympic committee

Britain urged to ban royal head of Bahrain Olympic committee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Britain is being urged to deny entry to the head of Bahrain's Olympic committee – the son of the king – on the grounds of alleged involvement in serious human rights violations in the Gulf island state.

Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is claimed to have been "personally engaged" in beating, flogging and kicking pro-democracy protestors during Bahrain's brief chapter in the Arab spring last year.

Documents submitted to David Cameron and William Hague, the foreign secretary, and seen by the Guardian, describe how Sheikh Nasser launched "a punitive campaign to repress Bahraini athletes who had demonstrated their support (for) the peaceful pro-democracy movement.

"Following his directives more than 150 professional athletes, coaches and referees were subjected to arbitrary arrests, night raids, detention, abuse and torture by electric cables and other means," said the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), a Berlin-based group. .....

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Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde : Life of the pathological hypocrite, Prince Nasser of Bahrain

Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde :  Life of the pathological hypocrite, Prince Nasser of Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

There is a special place in hell reserved for the Khalifas......

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ابن ملك البحرين يشارك في قمع الاحتجاجات - سترة 24 مـارس | Bahraini Prince as a street thug!

مقطع يبين مشاركة ابن ملك البحرين - ناصر بن حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة في قمع مسيرة سلمية خرجت بجزيرة سترة تطالب باسقاط النظام البحريني ومحاكمة رموزه...  |  Section shows the post I'm the King of Bahrain - Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the suppression of a peaceful march demanding jacket came out on the island of Bahrain to bring down the system and its symbols trial

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Britain probes validity of immunity for Bahraini prince accused of torture | World | DW.DE | 17.05.2014

Britain probes validity of immunity for Bahraini prince accused of torture | World | DW.DE | 17.05.2014 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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So he took action. In 2012 he instructed a firm of London lawyers to write to the CPS asking for Prince Nasser to be arrested whilst on a vist to the UK. The forthcoming reply was that the royal had state immunity and could therefore neither be arrested nor prosecuted. FF subsequently applied for a judicial review, and Prince Nasser has since been served with court papers.

In response, the Bahraini government issued a statement in which it "refutes in the strongest possible terms the factual basis for the underlying allegations which it maintains are unfounded, false and politically motivated."

Prince Nasser is a frequent visitor to the UK, and regularly attends equestrian events there

The case is still at a very early stage, with the final hearing now set for October of this year, but whatever the outcome Willman would like to see it serve a broader purpose. "I hope it sheds some light on the situation in Bahrain," she said, adding that it could force foreign governments, institutions and companies to consider whether they want to do business with a regime which is implicated in a torture scandal....

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This is how the son of the king tortured us; Parweez narrated the story from inside the prison

موقع مرآة البحرين...
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Bahrain: ‘Boycott the Olympics’ · Global Voices

Bahrain: ‘Boycott the Olympics’ · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

@MARYAMALKHAWAJA: RT if u agree: I'm boycotting #olympics2012 bcz despite being given evidence, #UK n #Olympics allowed alleged torturer of #Bahrain to attend

 

<===== That's Nasser the Torturer all dressed-up like a Penguin! ]

 

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George Galloway's message to Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, on Comment on Press TV

Comment show broadcast on 28 June 2012 on Press TV, a personal message from George Galloway MP to Bahrain Olympic Chief and the son of King Khalifa, Nasser Bin Hamed Khalifa: Do not come to London because you won't enjoy it and I will chase you until you are arrested.

[Nasser, the monster, Al-Khalifa is served notice of arrest on crimes against humanity....]

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Members of the Al Khalifa family themselves tortured Shia Doctors & Protesters

Members of the Al Khalifa family themselves tortured Shia Doctors & Protesters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Left to right: Khalifa Bin Ahmed Alkhalifa (General Director of Southern Province Police), Khalifa Bin Abdulla Alkhalifa (Head of the National Security Apparatus), Khaled Bin Hamad Alkhalifa (Son of the king) and Nasser Bin Hamad Alkhalifa (Son of the king)
JNN 16 August 2011 Manama : Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifa family and the King Hammad Al Khalifa , are themselves involved In the torture of the Shia Doctors , Protesters and the Prisoners , held in the Bahrain Prisons, As per The facts revealed by the Bahrain Center of Human Rights . They even Cursed the Shia Nation , the Clerics and the Leader , which is a worst example of the ruling family of Promoting sectarianism in the Muslim World. .....

 

[Allah knows all, sees all.........I'm sure these monsters will be 'rewarded' accordingly]

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Prince Nasser of Bahrain: blinder of babies......son of a butcher.....

Prince Nasser of Bahrain:  blinder of babies......son of a butcher..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Two incomparable situations. The King’s joy of his granddaughter, Nasser’s (the executioner) daughter, on one side. On the other side, Zainab’s grandmother’s panic while she was running carrying her in the dark streets of 15 March 2011 evening searching for a Health Centre. The paradox of those situations was similar to the disparity of the BD 10 million that Sheima received on her first day and the gas canister that suffocated Zainab.

What is the difference between Zainab and Sheima? Are not their childhood and innocence the same? Why one of them becomes a millionaire on her first day of life and the other gets blind in her first year? How will Sheima spend her life? And how will Zainab? Who will answer those questions, when Zainab realizes what Sheima’s grandfather did to her?

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