Bahrain charges 7 police with uprising abuses
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Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012, 23:49
  
Manama: Bahrain says it has charged seven police lieutenants with alleged abuses against suspected anti-government protesters, including using torture to obtain confessions that were later thrown out in court.

The allegations mark the most sweeping action so far against security forces in Bahrain's 19-month-old unrest between the Sunni-led ruling system and protesters from the Gulf nation's Shiite majority seeking a greater political voice.

A government statement today says two of the officers will face the most serious allegations of extracting the forced confessions. The others face lesser charges.

A hearing is set for October 1.

At least 50 people have been killed in the uprising in the strategic kingdom, the base for the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

PTI


First Published: Monday, September 17, 2012, 23:49


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