Bahrain Torture



There is a history of Muslim Gulf state princes, and princesses, who abuse others to the point of torture. This is not an anomaly in these desert kingdoms. Here’s one from the UAE involving Emirates Crown Prince Brother Sheikh Issa who tortured a Afghan businessman:

Britain probes validity of immunity for Bahraini prince accused of torture

As a court allows a Bahraini refugee to challenge Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s immunity from prosecution, DW asks if the arm of British law is long enough to prevent torture in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Bahrain protester with a flag

It is not often that a young royal is named in connection with torture allegations, but it clearly can happen. Last week a court in London named Bahraini Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa as the man at the center of a case brought by a national of the Gulf island state. Known simply as FF, the claimant is seeking to challenge a 2012 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) ruling under which the prince enjoys immunity from prosecution.

Although a torture survivor himself, FF did not suffer abuse at the hands of the man he is rising against. He is, his lawyer Sue Willman told DW, simply seeking justice.

“He is a Bahraini activist who came to the UK and was granted refugee status,” Willman said. “He sees the prince, who is known to have these allegations made against him, regularly visiting the UK, meeting the royal family and feels it is wrong.”

So he took action. In 2012 he instructed a firm of London lawyers to write to the CPS asking for Prince Nasser to be arrested whilst on a vist to the UK. The forthcoming reply was that the royal had state immunity and could therefore neither be arrested nor prosecuted. FF subsequently applied for a judicial review, and Prince Nasser has since been served with court papers.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

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