Information Affairs Authority, Manama, 03 July 2012: The head of the Public Prosecution’s Special Investigation Unit, Nawaf Hamza, announced the investigation of 15 policemen for their alleged involvement in mistreatment of inmates in custody. This comes after 11 new complaints were filed with the unit that is responsible for investigating abuse claims made against members of the police force.
The Public Prosecution’s Special Investigation Unit was launched in response to the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry’s (BICI) recommendations in order to insure proper accountability for those charged with mistreatment and use of excessive force while carrying out their duties.
Hamza stated that the latest complaints were made during the month of June and that 9 of the complainants have already been questioned, resulting in 3 of them being referred to forensic doctors. As a result 15 policemen have been questioned and informed of the charges against them. The investigation of the remaining complaints and those involved is on-going.
These latest charges come after several recent high profile cases involving policemen accused of mistreatment of detainees and use of excessive force, resulting in a five year prison sentence and raising charges from manslaughter to murder.