Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bahraini court adjourns medics trial

Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:59PM
An anti-government Bahraini protester faces regime forces during a demonstration. (file photo)
A special security court in Bahrain has adjourned the trial of 20 doctors and nurses accused of treating injured anti-government protesters during the country's popular uprising.

The court will begin hearing defense witnesses on September 7, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The accused medical personnel are being tried for alleged links to anti-government protests in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom. They are among dozens of medical staff facing similar charges.

Rights groups have strongly criticized the Bahraini regime for holding the trials in security courts, composed of both military and civilian judges.

Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces attacked anti-government demonstrators on Friday. Several protesters were reportedly injured as regime forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Thousands of protesters in Bahrain have been holding peaceful anti-government demonstrations since mid-February, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Hundreds have been killed, injured or arrested in the government's brutal crackdown on the demonstrations.


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