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Syria, Bahrain and Middle East unrest - Monday 9 January

The Guardian
01/09/2012

An American activist who was refused entry to Bahrain on Sunday said he feared the 20 medics being re-tried for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime would be "scape-goated" by the authorities. Richard Sollom, who had flown in to the country with the intention of observing the medics' retrial today, told the Guardian he hoped international pressure would eventually force the King to quash the charges.

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Trial of Bahraini Medics is Still Flawed, Says PHR

01/09/2012

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called the trial of Bahraini medics accused of overthrowing the regime and other felonies “severely flawed.” Despite allegations that the doctors’ confessions were obtained through torture, the prosecutor refused to confirm that he will drop the doctors’ confessions during today’s trial.

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Bahrain resumes retrial of convicted medics

Al Jazeera
01/09/2012

A top official from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said on Sunday that he was barred from entering Bahrain to attend the trial. Richard Sollom, deputy director of the US-based organisation, told Al Jazeera that the country's ministry of human rights and social development had rejected his entry after he arrived at Manama's airport.

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Bahrain court overturns two death sentences

Al Jazeera
01/09/2012

The court of cassation in Bahrain has overturned a ruling by the court of appeals that had sentenced two Bahraini anti-government protesters to execution. Monday's decision will require the court of appeals to re-examine the case and issue a new verdict for the two protesters earlier sentenced to death, and five others who had been sentenced to life in prison.

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Cambridge rights activist denied entry into Bahrain

The Boston Globe
01/09/2012

Bahraini border authorities have refused entry to Cambridge human rights activist Richard Sollom, who was scheduled to visit the country to witness the appellate court trials of medics who helped protesters during last spring’s uprising.

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