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Bahrain’s Attorney General Drops Criminal Charges Against 15 Medics, Refers Five to Public Prosecutor for Serious Criminal Violations

March 13, 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a decision over the weekend, Bahrain’s Attorney General dropped criminal charges against 15 medics involved in events that took place in Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) during February and March 2011 and referred their cases to the Medical Disciplinary Board.

The Attorney General expressed that the charges – which included breaching patient confidentiality by allowing cameras into the hospital, leading protests inside the hospital, transforming it into a political command center, and discriminating against patients along sectarian lines – represented breaches of the Medical Code of Ethics and should be dealt with as a disciplinary matter.

In the remaining five cases, Mr. Abdul Rahma Al-Sayyed – Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor – indicated he would present evidence of serious criminal violations as detailed in paragraphs 836-838 of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Report.

This statement follows the Attorney General’s decision last year to drop some charges against the accused and not to rely upon confessional evidence, as well as the recent statement related to this matter on March 5th.

SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain

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