Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Protesters' medics to face trials

Bahrain's Justice Minister Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa said several doctors and nurses, who treated injured anti-government protesters will be tried

Bahrain's justice minister has said several doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters during months of unrest in the Gulf kingdom will be tried in a military court.

Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa says 23 doctors and 24 nurses face several protest-related charges, including participating in attempts to topple the Sunni monarchy.

He listed the charges at a press conference in the capital Manama on Tuesday.

Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical staff have been in custody since March, when the king declared martial law to crush Shiite dissent.

International rights groups say Bahrain is targeting medical professionals who treated injured demonstrators at the Salmaniya medical centre, which was later overrun by the military.

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