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Justice forgotten for self-interest

Last September, a military court in Bahrain tried and sentenced 20 medical staff to up to 15 years in prison. These medics had been treating wounded protesters during the violent clashes last year.

The confessions they made were under duress. Among the charges were incitement to overthrow the government, as well as trying to occupy a hospital.

You couldn't make it up, if it wasn't true. (They are currently undergoing a retrial.) What can be believed is the British Government's response to these events.

Bahrain is a key American ally in the region and so it comes down to self-interest and whether or not it is in the interests of Washington and other Western allies to report on continuing violence and human rights abuses in Bahrain.

In the months following the violent crackdown on demonstrators a year ago, the British Government approved the sale of military equipment to Bahrain valued at more than £1m.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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