Hisham al Sabbagh
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.