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Bahrain princess on trial for torture during Arab Spring protests | 'princess' noura

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Bahrain's so-called "Pearl Revolution" was put down quickly and with extreme prejudice. Prosecutors say al-Khalifa played a role by personally torturing the doctors after they were arrested for tending to injured demonstrators.

"The charge is that she used torture, force and threats against the victims Zahra al-Sammak and Kholoud al-Durazi to make them confess to a crime," Prosecutor Nawaf Hamza told Reuters.

Princess Noura is also charged separately with being present when poet Ayat al-Qurmazi was brutally tortured. Al-Qurmazi was arrested after she read a poem criticizing the royal family in front of a crowd of 10,000 people. Her attorney claims the princess was present when others applied electric shocks to the poet's face, spat in her mouth and beat her while she was in detention.

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Maryam Al-Khawaja, acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told FoxNews.com the trial is a test for the government's commitment to human rights.

"The absence of an independent and fair judiciary system in Bahrain creates a lack of trust when it comes to holding people in government accountable for human rights violations," Al-Khawaja said. "The human rights situation continues to deteriorate whilst some in government positions implicated in violations receive promotions."

Serious questions are also being asked about the U.S. relationship with Bahrain in view of the island state’s dubious record on civil liberties, and as recently as September last year representatives of 11 high profile U.S.-based NGO’s appealed to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to intervene to “stop gross violations of human rights.”

“We are writing to alert you to credible reports that the security forces of the Government of Bahrain continue to engage in human rights violations against non-violent, pro-democracy protesters and to urge you to immediately suspend further U.S. military assistance and arms transfers to the responsible units, as required by law,” the organizations wrote.




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She is just another khalifa-troll......the family has the Bahraini nation's blood all over their hands, they are all complicit in these crimes!

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Princess On Trial In Bahrain For Torturing Detainees

Princess On Trial In Bahrain For Torturing Detainees | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A princess on trial in the Gulf nation of Bahrain has been charged with torturing two female doctors.

Sheikha Noura bint Ibrahim al-Khalifa, who works as a police officer despite having royal blood, is accused of using torture, force, and threats against Zahra al-Sammak and Kholoud al-Durazi. The offenses allegedly occurred during 2011 while Bahrain was rocked by political unrest. Sammak’s lawyer says the alleged torture of his client took place in March and April 2011.

The princess on trial is accused of torturing the two doctors while her alleged victims were in detention. Anesthetist Sammak was eventually sentenced to five years in jail by a military court but later acquitted by a civil court. Durazi was detained during the unrest for allegedly inciting hatred of the government.

Nawaf Hamza, head of the Public Prosecution’s Special Investigation Unit at Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor’s office, revealed to Reuters that Sheikha Noura is standing a separate trial for the physical assault of Aayat al-Qormozi, a young female Shi’ite poet and opposition activist.

Twenty-one-year-old Qormozi accuses the princess of applying electric shocks to her face, spitting in her mouth, and beating her while she was held in detention.

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Bahrain princess charged with multiple counts of torture !

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A Bahraini princess is facing charges of torturing pro-democracy activists in the Gulf island kingdom.

Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, who serves in Bahrain's Drugs Control Unit, is accused along with another officer of torturing three people in detention.

Hundreds of protesters were detained as Bahrain struggled to put down a popular uprising that began in February 2011.

The uprising, which began peacefully with calls for democratic reform, was crushed by the ruling al-Khalifas.

Noura al-Khalifa, 29, who denies the charges, appeared in court on Sunday and Monday to hear the allegations.

In one case, the princess is accused of torturing two doctors, Ghassan and Bassem Daif, brothers who worked at the Salmaniya medical complex.

Medical staff from the facility went to help injured protesters after security police used force to dispersethousands of people who had camped out at an iconic landmark, Pearl Roundabout, in the capital, Manama.

At least two people were killed and hundreds wounded when police attacked with batons, tear gas and birdshot.

In March and April 2011 many of the medical staff were arrested and detained. It is alleged that Ms al-Khalifa tortured the doctors at that time.

She is also accused of torturing another person, 21-year-old Ayat al-Qurmazi.

Ms al-Qurmazi was arrested in March 2011 after giving public readings of poetry she wrote that was critical of the ruling family.

She alleges she was held for nine days, blindfolded, beaten with cables and threatened with rape. She identified Ms al-Khalifa as her torturer....

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What a monster! Why can't the Bahraini courts lockup savages like her?!
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Princess Turned Torturer? Noura Bint Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, Monster of Bahrain!

Princess Turned Torturer?  Noura Bint Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, Monster of Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini princess is accused of torturing doctors and a pro-democracy activist during protests in the country in 2011.
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Bahrain princess accused of torture during anti-government unrest

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Bahrain princess-turned-cop Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa stands accused of torturing two doctors and an anti-government demonstrator during political upheaval there last year, according to Reuters. 

The 29-year-old royal denied the charges in court appearances Sunday and Monday,said BBC News.

She is accused of torturing a pair of doctor brothers and physically assaulting a female Shiite activist, Aayat al-Qurmazi, during her detention, said Reuters. 

Al-Qurmazi was jailed last March after publicly reading poetry critical of the ruling family, expressing feelings that gripped the Gulf nation in the form of massive anti-government protests last year. 

Al-Qurmazi claimed she was blindfolded, threatened with rape and violently beaten with cables during her nine-day imprisonment. She said she knew Sheikha Noura was responsible because her blindfold slipped once and she saw her, the activist's lawyer told BBC. .....

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Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, of Bahrain, is a TORTURER!

Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, of Bahrain, is a TORTURER! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Bahrain protester jailed for reading a poem seen as critical of the ruling Khalifa family accused a Bahraini princess of torturing her while in custody.

Ayat al-Qurmazi was arrested in 2011 and said she was held in custody for nine days. She says she was abused by Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, an officer in the country's drugs control unit.

Qurmazi's lawyer, Reem Khalaf, told the BBC her client saw the Bahraini princess present when she was abused while in detention.

"Noura was very angry that Ayat had seen her," the lawyer was quoted as saying. ....



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