Their detention and alleged torture soon turned them into subjects of intense international attention, including from various rights organizations who also believe they’re innocent and have repeatedly called for their immediate release. Amnesty International had this to say when Bahrain’s highest court upheld the death penalty for the two men on July 13th.
‘’Bahrain’s judiciary has decided to blatantly ignore court evidence of torture in the case of Mohamed Ramadan and Hussain Moosa, and this, despite the repeated violations of the men’s right to a fair trial since their arrest over six years ago.’’
In a dramatic turn of events, Manama released nearly 1,500 detainees, mostly foreign nationals, and around 300 political prisoners, in March this year, all pardoned by the country’s king. But the decision, Bahrain observers believe, was rooted more in fears of the covid-19 pandemic than anything else.
It took the country’s authorities another two months to free renowned human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, imprisoned for nearly four years for expressing anti-government views on Twitter. Many more remain locked up in squalid conditions.
Bahrain’s prisons are plagued by hygiene problems leading to outbreaks of infections, yet the detainees prisoners, including high-profile ones, are routinely denied adequate medical care. That in addition to hampered access to legal representation.
The international calls, including this latest one from French parliamentarians are all aimed at securing the release of those wrongfully held behind bars. All eyes are now on Bahrain’s King Hamad to use his executive power to pardon those two men and other political prisoners at imminent risk of execution.