World Bulletin / News Desk
Bahrain has charged 15 policemen with "mistreatment" of prisoners, the government said on Tuesday, as part of an investigation into reports of torture of protesters.
Bahrain's human rights record has come under scrutiny since the authorities crushed Shi'ite Muslim-led demonstrations demanding democratic reform in the Sunni-ruled country that broke out in February 2011, inspired by Arab revolts elsewhere.
"The latest complaints were made during the month of June and nine of the complainants have already been questioned, resulting in three of them being referred to forensic doctors," Nawaf Hamza, head of the Public Prosecution's Special Investigation Unit, said in a statement.
"As a result 15 policemen have been questioned and informed of the charges against them. The investigation of the remaining complaints and those involved is ongoing."
The latest charges come after policemen accused of mistreatment of detainees and use of excessive force were sentenced to five years in prison, the IAA said. It did not say how many policemen were sentenced.
The IAA had said in June that 19 security personnel were being investigated, including some officers, and that two officers were sentenced to three months in prison last month.
A commission of international legal experts reported in November that torture had been systematically used to punish and extract confessions from hundreds of protesters during a period of martial law after a crackdown on anti-government protests.
It also said that 35 people, mainly protesters, died during the unrest and that five of them died as a result of torture.
Although Bahraini security forces, backed by Saudi troops, broke up a mass protest camp in Manamain March 2011, police and demonstrators continue to clash almost daily. Each side blames the other for the violence.
Bahrain has put several police officers on trial for abuse and lethal torture, but international rights groups and opposition activists say the government is avoiding accountability at higher, policy-making levels.
Last month Bahrain's interior minister said that police had been given no orders to torture or kill protesters.
The protesters have scaled back action over the past week, lifting the occupation of several main intersections, but several thousand are camping out in Bangkok's Lumpini Park, where shooting erupted
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government would not hesitate to bomb militant hideouts or send forces into the tribal areas if the Taliban did not abide by the ceasefire
The military operation is described as part of the Somali government's campaign to flush out the group from areas under its control.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the ANP news agency the assets were suspect.
The announcement comes after U.N. representative Robert Serry had to abandon a mission to Crimea on Wednesday
Nine Russian soldiers who were in Canada for preplanned military exercises will be deported from the country, officials said on Thursday.
he report shows that not only do freedom of navigation operations occur with adversary countries such as Iran, but also allied countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia
The most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War escalated on Thursday when Crimea's parliament, dominated by ethnic Russians, voted to join Russia. The region's government set a referendum for March 16 - in just nine days' time.
On Thursday, South Korea's defence ministry said a Chinese civilian plane had "passed as the ballistic missile (from North Korea) was in the course of descending".
The Free Syrian Army is split over ouster of former commander Salim Idriss.
67 Kashmiri students who cheered for Pakistan's cricket team were charged with sedition after cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match.
Earlier today, Libya officially received Saadi from neighboring Niger where he had been hiding since the collapse of his father's regime in 2011.
The government said it had referred the bill to interim president Adly Mansour for endorsement.
The Arab diplomatic source attributed the Saudi plan to a recent diplomatic standoff with Qatar.
Dozens of foreign female activists had hoped to mark the International Women Day, which is marked on March 8 of every year, in the Gaza Strip.
The head of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, accused Iraq's federal government of oppressing Kurdish identity by cutting federal funding for civil servants