Bahraini cops acquitted of killing

 27 Feb 2013 - 4:37


DUBAI: A Bahraini court yesterday acquitted two policemen who were charged with shooting dead a Shia protester two years ago, lawyer Mohammed Al Jishi wrote on his Twitter account.

The Higher Criminal Court said that “as interior ministry employees, the two policemen fired shotguns at the victim Fadhel Matruk without intending to kill him,” wrote Jishi, who represented the protester’s family in the case.

Matruk died on February 15, 2011, from wounds sustained during a police crackdown on protesters who remained camped in central Manama for one month before authorities completely razed their camp in the March of that year.

On Sunday, an appeals court confirmed a December ruling in which two other police officers were acquitted after being charged with killing protesters Ali Al Moumin and Issa Abdel Hasan during the same period.

On January 31, a Bahraini court sentenced a policeman to seven years in jail for torturing to death a protester during the then month-long protests in Manama against the rule of the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty.

A number of policemen are being investigated or are on trial for allegedly torturing detainees after hundreds of Shias were rounded up when security forces crushed the protests in mid-March 2011.