Isa Haider Alaali: detained in U.K.and at risk

20 July, 2014 – Urgent

Isa Haider Alaali is a 19 year old who has spent ELEVEN months in prison, six in Bahrain and  five months in Harmondsworth and Campsfield
Detention Centres.

If he returns to Bahrain he will be in the terrible Jaw Prison, with severe overcrowding and abuse and little food or water. He will be tortured as he REFUSED to become an INFORMER. The Khalifas are putting pressure on the British Government to stop activists getting asylum in Britain. 108 have got asylum since February 2011 out of 185 applications with 20 pending.

We got a last minute APPEAL against his Deportation on 21st May 2014. 

Isa was detained and tortured three times for a total of six months after attending a peaceful demonstration in Bahrain and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on 23rd March 2014.   He arrived in U.K. on 14th February 2014 and applied for political asylum immediately. He was sent to Harmondsworth Centre under the Fast Track Scheme and was there for five months. He is no longer under the Fast Track Scheme and is now at
Campsfield, Kidlington.   He had NO ACCESS TO A LAWYER FOR THREE WEEKS and only saw his lawyer a day before his first interview. So he had no chance to prepare his defence, or know that he needed to translate his documents.

– 11th March, his application for asylum was refused although the Home Office HADN’T SEEN A TRANSLATION of his DOCUMENTS. 

-14th March – appeal to  the Upper Tribunal.   24th March, the refusal is quashed. at the First Tier Tribunal.  Home Office  challenges the authenticity of the documents, still not translated.  

-24th April – The Appeal was refused but Judge recognises importance of the new documents.

Isa was due to be deported to Bahrain on 22nd May. The Immigration Official brought DEPORTATION PAPERS FOR ANOTHER DETAINEE! My M.P. Zac Goldsmith, who has been supportive of Isa’s case followed this up, but the Home Office deny it.

A last minute appeal on the evening of 21st May at the  High Court stopped his deportation.

He has had TWO BAIL HEARINGS which were postponed because the surity was on a business trip and then the lawyer did not tell the surities what documents to bring! Asylum seekers are allocated a lawyer, however inefficient or over worked and can’t change him.

The Harmondsworth Detention Centre video, through which  the asylum seeker talks to the court was NOT working. 

The U.K. Government supports the Bahrain regime  and tried to stop an Opposition Resolution being passed at the Geneva UNHCR meeting in June on the grounds that “reform” is taking place.   An Interim Statement on Bahrain’s Human Rights abuses was signed by 48 countries. A list of 1400 high priority prisoners, children, women and the sick and injured was presented to the Bahrain Crown Prince nearly three months ago,  but nothing has happened.

This case reflects badly on the U.K. Government,  the Immigration System and the country. Isa has been denied his chance for a fair hearing
through incompetence and lack of concern.

Please contact Theresa May, your MP or US Congress Person about his case.

Lawyers attempt to save Abdul finishes on 24th July 2014

Lawyers attempt to save Abdul finishes on 24th July 2014
15 July, 2014

Abdul is being persued for his international Human Rights work and exposing on T.V. what is going on in the “Arab Spring.” Please support Abdul as his case shows how the Khalifa regime works. Abdul is in Frankfurt Prison, Maine, Number 1. He will be tortured to confess to the offences for which he has been acquitted or new offences if extradited. His wife Fatima and four children are in a refugee camp in Trier, Germany. This is urgent. Janet

Abdul Ilah Al Mahoozi was detained on 10th July 2014 at Frankfurt Airport. He is t
hreatened with deportation to Bahrain by 24th July for offences for which he has been acquitted.
Abdul is a 33 year old architect who worked for the Manama Municipality. He is married to Fatima and has four children. A building collapsed on 11th January 2013 and killed migrant workers. He had already fined the owner stating the building was unsafe and should not house workers.
There have been many buildings collapsing in Manama with workers killed and the health and safety record in the city is poor.

Abdul was charged with the manslaughter of the migrant workers but acquitted on 6th March 2013. Other defendants were jailed. On 14th March 2013 the Bahrain Government put out a red notice on him for the same offence, although he had already been cleared. He was acquitted by the First Criminal Court in Case 1982/2013 and is innocent.

He was also accused of being a member of the Al Imam Army and acquitted of that in Case 2013/6254. The Fourth High Criminal Court issued a final and unappealable verdict on 3rd November 2013 stating that Abdul was innocent of any charges.

The Bahrain Government is persueing Abdul because he is a human rights activist who works in Iraq and Iran and has often appeared on television talking about the Arab Spring. This illegal warrant for his arrest aims to stop Abdul practising his freedom of speech and supporting Bahrainis fighting for freedom and democracy. The Government thinks that anyone asking for changes and democracy is attacking the Khalifa regime and inciting violence and hatred. They are unfortunately supported by the US and UK Governments who pretend to see non-existent reform.

The Public Prosecution should state that Abdul Ilah Al Mahoozi has been acquitted of all the offences and request Interpol to release him as the arrest request is no longer valid.

The Bahrain Government must start to practice justice and equality in the law, so that those who have committed torture and killed civilians should be imprisoned and the largely innocent victims freed. The Crown Prince received a list of 1200 priority prisoners to be freed from the U.N. but nothing has happened.

I hope you will campaign for Abdul. Dr Wolfgang Koberer is the lawyer who will handle the Interpol case and is an expert in this field. Tim Kliebe, will handle the asylum case. Please write to your M.P., M.E.P. or Congressman about Abdul.

You can also contact The Bahrain Minister of Interior and the German Home Secretary.

Time is short, Abdul needs to win his case for asylum by 24th July 2014. Yours Sincerely, Janet Salmon
I have campaigned for Bahraini detainees for 3,5 years.

Mohamed Abdulla Tajer, Sayed Hussain, Mohamed Oun Ali, Sayed Ali, suffer Bahrain Court of Injustice

I want to tell you about the decline in justice and the legal procedures in Bahrain, where people including children are detained, tortured, forced to sign unseen confessions and jailed for long periods. All you get from Mr Robertson and his predecessor Mr Burt, The U.K. Ministers for the Middle East and Northern Africa is their “concern” and that they talk quietly to the Khalifa regime about “due process.” There is no due process.

Mohamed Abdulla Tajer, (25) was detained on August 6th 2013. He was targeted to stop the well known defence lawyer Mohamed Tajer persueing political cases and defending “terrorists.” He was sentenced to SEVEN years today. He was charged with “attacking” the police but actually defended young ladies attacked by police on a demonstration. The accuser is an officer at the notorious Samaheej police station. The police accusations are based on secret sources and difficult for the defence lawyers to question. The police officer brought the person he claimed was the “victim” of the attack to identify Mohammed which he duly did.

The other defendants Sayed Ali, (34) Sayed Hussain (36) and Mohamed Oun Ali (26.) all got seven years. Mohamed Tajer the lawyer has tried to see his client Mohammed three times but failed. On 2nd December Mohammed denied all charges and said he was tortured to confess. The Prosecutor said he couldn’t drop all the charges against Mohammed or the fact he’d been tortured, but offered to state he’s been punched ONE TIME. After 2nd December 2013 session he was forced to sign more papers to incriminate himself to avoid further torture. He missed two court sessions because the prison bus was late and prisoners are always abused and strip searched beforehand at the prison. He never saw his lawyer before sentencing. He has been in Dry Dock Prison but will now move to Jau Prison.

Mohamed has hemorrhoids but the Prison Authorities won’t allow the operation. He only gets painkillers. When he attended Salmanya Hospital in February he was told he needed medicine, a proper diet and salt and water baths –impossible in the overcrowded, unhygienic prison where there are 5 beds for 12 men and no clean water. He is a quiet, reserved young man who works in an office, targeted to put pressure on his relative Mohamed Tajer
. Please help Mohammed by raising his case with your M.P. and Congressman. It is time the U.S. and U.K. Governments put pressure on the Khalifas to improve the legal system and prison conditions as a prelude to negotiations.

Redha al Ghasra and eight others, captured, tortured after brief escape from injustice

Ghasra

Redha al Ghasra and eight people escaped from prison recently. They were picked up and he is now being extensively tortured. He had seconds on the phone to his parents to say he was fine and sounded terrible. He was sentenced to 42 years and received none of the normal prisoner privileges. He has been in solitary confinement for weeks. In a previous escape, he dressed up as a woman and when captured was tortured in the road, in front of the people.

His family demonstrated outside the CID building and were threatened that if any picture was taken, they couldn’t see their son. His Mum’s poster says:

Sayeeda Warsi, will your Government continue to silently accept the repeated systematic torture of my son and thousands of Bahrainis?

The Ghasra family have had 70 raids on their home and two of Redha’s brothers are in exile. So what is your Government going to do? Will it ignore what is happening to the Bahrainis, like the plight of the Jews in the Second World War, or do something honourable and intercede?

Rihanna al Mousawi, 3 men sentenced on 29th April – URGENT

Rihanna al Mousawi, 3 men sentenced on 29th April – URGENT

A terrible year for Rihanna al Mousawi who was arrested in April 2013 for “planning to bomb” the FI Race. Public Security Chief General Tariq Hassan accused her and Nafeesa al Asfoor of attempting “ a dry run to test the security measures at the F.I. by carrying in a cushion. She was tortured and her 16 year old son Husein was threatened with torture. She was taught a “fabricated tale” several times and beaten on her head if she made a mistake.

She was threatened with rape if she changed her story and forced to stand naked in a doorway. She was interrogated for 3 hours by the Attorney Genera Fahed Albuainain. Seven hooded men showed her photos of Naji al Fateel, Hadi Al Moussawi and Hisham al Sabbagh, demanding if she knew them. She was accused of going to the Lebanon to receive training in weapons. Rihanna thought she’d be accused of campaigning for detainees at the FI protest but finds herself accused of membership of the “14th February Coalition” and plotting to bomb the F.I.

At the first court session she bravely spoke about her torture but Judge Ali Al Deraini laughed and dismissed it. He allowed the prosecution to make their case, but not the defence or defendants. The defence lawyers petitioned to have the Judge removed for bias, but failed. Rihanna was sentenced to 5 years in the 14th February Coalition case. The defence lawyers demanded the investigation of Rihanna’s torture claim at 16th April session, The Judge refused. She’ll be sentenced on 29th April 2014 on the “bomb” charge and get the result of the 14th February Coalition Appeal.

Three other prisoners will be sentenced on 29th April:

Hussain Hubail, photographer, arrested on 31st July 2013, heart problems, collapsed 5 times/can go to St George’ s Hospital for treatment if released. Badly tortured, accused of inciting regime hatred and attending demonstrations
Jassim alNouami, online activist, arrested 31st July 2013, beaten for 3 days, accused of publishing false news, attending demonstrations and using social media, not in Bahrain on those dates. Mum & sisters threatened with rape.
Ahmed Mushaima, student, son of General Secretary of the Haq Party Hasan Mushaima, arrested 28th December 2013, has Blount’s disease, accused of attending a demonstration on 13th February 2013.

The Bahraini people need international pressure, economic boycotts and a cut in transport links. The Khalifa regime will only stop killing and detaining its citizens if there is a price. Obama and Cameron will do nothing because of arms sales and Saudi Arabia. Please tell me what you can do to help Rihanna, Hussain, Jassim and Ahmed.

International Trade Unions should help Rihanna al Mousawi

Rihanna al Mousawi was arrested in April 2013 for “planning to bomb” the FI Race. Public Security Chief General Tariq Hassan accused her and Nafeesa al Asfoor of attempting “ a dry run to test the security measures at the F.I.” by carrying a cushion under Nafeesa’s dress.

What happened to her after the FI races ? She was tortured and her 16 year old son Husein was threatened with torture. She was taught a “fabricated tale” several times and beaten on her head if she made a mistake.
She was threatened with rape if she changed her story and forced to stand naked in a doorway. She was interrogated for 3 hours by the Attorney Genera Fahed Albuainain and then allowed to phone her family briefly.

She suffered a further interrogation by seven hooded men holding up photos of Naji al Fateel, Hadi Al Moussawi and Hisham al Sabbagh, demanding whether she knew them. She was accused of going to the Lebanon to receive training in weapons. Rihanna thought she’d be accused of campaigning for detainees at the FI protest but finds herself accused of membership of the “14th February Coalition” and plotting to bomb the F.I.

At the first court session she bravely spoke about her torture but Judge Ali Al Deraini laughed and dismissed it. He allowed the prosecution to make their case, but not the defence lawyers or defendants. The defence lawyers petitioned to have the Judge removed for bias, but failed. In the 14th February Coalition case Rihanna was sentenced to 5 years.

At 16th April 2014 Session the defence lawyers demanded that Rihanna’s torture claim should be investigated. The Judge refused. There will be no further defence evidence and she will be sentenced on 29th April 2014 for both the “bomb” charge and get the result of the 14th February Coalition Appeal.

The International Trade Union Movement must act. The I.L.O. has managed to reinstate 190 Bahrain Trade Unionists but we need pressure, economic boycotts and a cut in transport links. The Khalifa regime will only stop killing and detaining its citizens if there is a price. Obama and Cameron will do nothing because of arms sales and Saudi Arabia. Please tell me what can you do to help Rihanna al Mousawi?

Mohammed Abdulla Tajer, Sentenced 23rd April

Mohamed Abdulla Tajer, (25) Lawyer Mohamed Tajer’s cousin has been detained since August 6th 2013 and will be sentenced on 23rd April 2014. He is charged with attacking the police. The person who accused him and the other defendants is an officer at the police station. The police accusations are based on secret sources and therefore difficult for the defence lawyers to question. The police officer brought the person he claimed was the victim of the attack to identify Mohammed which he did, as is always the case.

The other defendants Sayed Ali, (34) Sayed Hussain (36) and Mohamed Oun Ali (26) are from the same area so Mohammed so knows them slightly. Mohamed Tajer the lawyer has tried to see his client Mohammed three times, but failed. On 2nd December he denied all charges and said he was tortured to confess. The Prosecutor said he couldn’t drop all the charges against Mohammed or the fact he’d been tortured, but offered to state he’s been punched ONE TIME. After 2nd December 2013 session he was forced to sign more papers to incriminate himself to avoid further torture.

Mohamed has hemorrhoids and needs an operation but the Prison Authorities won’t allow It. The only treatment he gets is painkillers. When he attended Salmanya Hospital he was told he needed medicine, a proper diet and salt and water baths –impossible in the overcrowded, unhygienic prison environment. He is a quiet, reserved young man who is being attacked to put pressure on his relative who works as a
human rights lawyer. There are many prisoners with medical problems that remain untreated. Please help Mohammed by getting the US and UK Governments to put on pressure.

Bahrain Court of Injustice marked by incompetence and indifference – Mohamed Abdulla Al Tajer

Hugh Robertson knows and cares so little that his response to Mohamed Abdulla Al Tajer’s case was to speak about his uncle, Mohamed Tajer. Such ignorance is unforgivable when young men are being tortured and detained. Hugh knows there’s no DUE PROCESS in Bahrain courts, but continues to mouth platitudes. Please ask questions on MAT again, pointing out that he’s being targetted because of his uncle’s human rights work. We want a proper, informed response.

Why would we be asking about MT Senior when he got out 2 years ago? Regards, Janet P.S. I don’t remember Hugh or the Government offering any help when Attorney Tajer was targeted again in late 2013.


Katy Clark:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Bahraini government calling for the release of Hussain Hubail on health grounds.

Hugh Robertson: We are aware of the case of Hussain Hubail. We understand he was detained in connection with charges related to protests on 14 August last year and that the verdict for his case is due to be issued later this month. We expect the Government of Bahrain to meet all of its human rights obligations, and to ensure that all detainees have access to appropriate medical care.

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the trial in Bahrain of Mohammed Abdulla Al-Tajer and (b) his treatment in custody.

Hugh Robertson: We are aware of the case of Mohammad Al-Tajer. We understand he spent four months in detention in 2011 before his case was moved from the National State Safety Court to the civilian courts, as recommended by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, where he was sentenced to one month in prison. We understand that he appealed the verdict and was acquitted by the High Appeal Civilian court. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to meet all of its human rights obligations, and adhere to international standards.

Key Points in Mohamed Abdulla Tajer’s case – next court session: 23rd April 2014.

Mohamed was charged with attacking a policeman when defending ladies. 2 men duly appeared and identified him and the other young men.

– His uncle is Mohamed Tajer, the human rights lawyer.

– He has been tortured and forced to sign an unseen confession.

– He suffers from hemorrhoids and needs an operation which is refused.

– He has been detained for 9 months with no access to a lawyer

Hugh Robertson’s comments about the Bahrain Government meeting their human rights obligations and providing medical care for detainees are farcical. He should look at the BICI Report, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch for some facts.

Attack on Mousawi and Orabi, Bahraini photographers

The detentions and torture go on today and are getting worse. So what are the politicians, N.G.O.s and media going to do about it? It’s not Syria or Ukraine where you can get political mileage. It’s just a small country with 1.3 million decent people trying to get freedom and democracy. The international community must put pressure on the regime to negotiate or apply sanctions.Sayed Ahmed Salman al Mousawi, 26, detained for two months, savagely tortured. His detention extended for 45 days to 16th May 2014

Ahmed was arrested on 10th February 2014 with his brother in Duraz. He is a member of FIAP. PSA UPI and Qatif photos and the winner of 130 international awards for photography. After six days at the CID for interrogation he was moved to Dry Dock Prison on 16th February. He later told his father that he had been “tortured without mercy.” He was hung on a door four times, electrocuted, beaten all over his body and on his genitals. He wasn’t allowed to sit for four days.

He saw the Coroner on 25th February but as signs of torture have faded apart from the marks on his wrists from hanging,  the coroner won’t record them.
When he saw the General Prosecutor he was not allowed to have a lawyer.. Ahmed admits to taking “illegal” pictures (it’s his job) but not stealing SIM cards. He has not had any legal access for two months

His family visited him on 23rd March to find him pale and broken. His torturers demanded: Who do you work for and shoot pictures for? Is it Al Wefaq? (the main opposition party.)
Where do you publish your pictures and who pays you? Although he has “accepted the charge of taking pictures” to avoid more torture, he denies the charge of supplying SIM cards to the demonstrators / terrorists.
He works for the Saudi owned telecoms company VIVA who won’t support him.

Mohamed Al Oraibi, 30, detained for two months, terrible torture. He goes to court on 8th April.

Arrested at airport returning from the Lebanon. Cameras and equipment confiscated the next day. He is an independent who publishes his work through Facebook.

Tortured for five days, electrocuted on his body and genitals. Naked for 5 days, with torture for 20 hours a day.  Only slept 4 hours a day. Cold water flung on him, naked in a freezing room.
He was forced to stand for hours, and sexually assaulted. They used the Al Falqa torture method on him, suspending him between to chairs, and beating him with their feet whilst suspended.
They also attacked his knees which were injured in a previous torture session in 2012. Not allowed to pray for 6 days or shower for 5 days. Allowed a shower before going to the public prosecutor.

Mohamed submitted a torture complaint on 18th February 2014 and transferred to the Coroner for a Medical Report on 19th February.

Officer Mohmmed Issa Al Majali, (previously Jordanian) is responsible for his torture. King Hamad employs 499 officers from Jordan in the CID to interrogate and torture Bahrainis which costs $1.3 Million per month.

Attack on Mousawi and Orabi, Bahraini photographers

The detentions and torture go on today and are getting worse. So what are the politicians, N.G.O.s and media going to do about it? It’s not Syria or Ukraine where you can get political mileage. It’s just a small country with 1.3 million decent people trying to get freedom and democracy. The international community must put pressure on the regime to negotiate or apply sanctions.
Sayed Ahmed Salman al Mousawi, 26, detained for two months, savagely tortured. His detention extended for 45 days to 16th May 2014
Ahmed was arrested on 10th February 2014 with his brother in Duraz. He is a member of FIAP. PSA UPI and Qatif photos and the winner of 130 international awards for photography. After six days at the CID for interrogation he was moved to Dry Dock Prison on 16th February. He later told his father that he had been “tortured without mercy.” He was hung on a door four times, electrocuted, beaten all over his body and on his genitals. He wasn’t allowed to sit for four days.
He saw the Coroner on 25th February but as signs of torture have faded apart from the marks on his wrists from hanging,  the coroner won’t record them.
When he saw the General Prosecutor he was not allowed to have a lawyer.. Ahmed admits to taking “illegal” pictures (it’s his job) but not stealing SIM cards. He has not had any legal access for two months
His family visited him on 23rd March to find him pale and broken. His torturers demanded: Who do you work for and shoot pictures for? Is it Al Wefaq? (the main opposition party.)
Where do you publish your pictures and who pays you? Although he has “accepted the charge of taking pictures” to avoid more torture, he denies the charge of supplying SIM cards to the demonstrators / terrorists.
He works for the Saudi owned telecoms company VIVA who won’t support him.
Mohamed Al Oraibi, 30, detained for two months, terrible torture. He goes to court on 8th April.
Arrested at airport returning from the Lebanon. Cameras and equipment confiscated the next day. He is an independent who publishes his work through Facebook.
Tortured for five days, electrocuted on his body and genitals. Naked for 5 days, with torture for 20 hours a day.  Only slept 4 hours a day. Cold water flung on him, naked in a freezing room.
He was forced to stand for hours, and sexually assaulted. They used the Al Falqa torture method on him, suspending him between to chairs, and beating him with their feet whilst suspended.
They also attacked his knees which were injured in a previous torture session in 2012. Not allowed to pray for 6 days or shower for 5 days. Allowed a shower before going to the public prosecutor.
Mohamed submitted a torture complaint on 18th February 2014 and transferred to the Coroner for a Medical Report on 19th February.
Officer Mohmmed Issa Al Majali, (previously Jordanian) is responsible for his torture. King Hamad employs 499 officers from Jordan in the CID to interrogate and torture Bahrainis which costs $1.3 Million per month.