ALLEGED TORTURER QUESTIONED
IN BAHRAIN ON
"FRAUD AND OTHER ABUSES"
REDRESS applauds yesterday's reported detention of Adel Felaifel,
a former member of the Bahraini Security and Intelligence Services,
who is accused of perpetrating countless acts of torture in Bahrain.
Adel Felaifel has reportedly been detained by Bahraini authorities
in relation to accusations of "fraud and other abuses".
REDRESS, a London-based
human rights organisation that assists torture survivors to obtain
reparation, has received numerous testimonies from victims who were
detained by the Bahraini Security and Intelligence Services during
the 1990s. Many of these cite Adel Felaifel as directly responsible
for the infliction of brutal acts of torture.
have repeatedly expressed their need to see justice for the torture
that they have had to endure", said Rosanna Mesquita,
REDRESS' UK Legal Adviser.
Earlier this year Adel
Felaifel fled to Australia following the opening of a fraud investigation
into his activities by the Ministry of Interior. He recently returned
to Bahrain, triggering public demonstrations calling for his prosecution
for "harming the rights, dignity and interests of citizens".
The protestors, supported
by human rights organisation in Bahrain, are also calling into question
the new royal decree 56-2002, which grants an amnesty to members
of the Security and Intelligence Services who are accused of abuses
such as torture and all other forms of ill treatment.
Torture is crime under
international law. The Convention against Torture, which Bahrain
has ratified, provides for an absolute prohibition of torture. Bahrain
has unequivocal obligations under international law to ensure that
all allegations of torture are fully and effectively investigated
and that all alleged perpetrators are brought to justice.
provisions are in clear contravention of these obligations",
reminds Ms Mesquita.
the Emir and his government's progress in its reforms toward democracy
but urgently calls on them to ensure that all allegations of torture
against Adel Felaifel are fully investigated and that he is brought
to justice for these crimes.
REDRESS also calls
on the Emir of Bahrain to repeal the royal decree 56-2002 and to
ensure that all other allegations of torture are effectively investigated
and that perpetrators are punished in accordance with international
London, 27th November
For further information, please contact Rosanna Mesquita, Legal
on 0207 793 1777, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org