I am also familiar with the behaviour of those guilty of the crime. They rarely confess. They sometimes try to convince themselves and all around them that they didn’t do it. They blame others. They create confusion and misdirection. They attempt to obstruct justice. They deconstruct the facts. They have friends and family members and business partners who support them and resent and reject the accusations. But they remain guilty of a crime and the crime does not ‘blow over’.
To me, Bahrain is a ‘crime scene’. I’ve been there and I have seen those looks of defencelessness and vulnerability, terror and confusion in the faces of men and women who report being abused and tortured. And I’ve heard familiar excuses and explanations, misdirection and deconstruction.
The King of Bahrain has appointed a commission to investigate the abuses, yet his ministries deny the actions even took place. His business partners resent those who publicise what is going on, and his departments globally monitor and suppress all mention of it.