Bahrain denies torture allegations against King's son

Bahraini Foreign Ministry said that the allegations "aim to deceive the public opinion and use it for political reasons".

Bahrain denies torture allegations against King's son

World Bulletin/News Desk

Bahrain has denied anew allegations that King Hamad bin Issa's son had tortured political opponents in 2011.

In a Wednesday statement, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said that the allegations "aim to deceive the public opinion and use it for political reasons".

The denial comes hard on the heels of a complaint by a Bahraini political activist, who had received political asylum in Britain, that he and fellow political opponents had been tortured by Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the son of the Bahraini King, in 2011.

The statement said that British police had decided not to open investigation into the allegations.

The ministry noted that British courts had not sent a request for dropping the immunity of the king's son.

On Tuesday, Manama denied torture accusations against the king's son, terming the allegations as "lies".

British media claimed on Tuesday that a British court had ruled that Nasser did not enjoy immunity in Britain over torture allegations, which could – according to British media – result in the arrest of the king's son.

Bahrain has been in turmoil since 2011, but the government accuses the country's Shiites of fomenting violence and unrest.

 

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