Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has granted immunity to a police officer involved in torturing Shia medics who had been arrested in anti-regime demonstrations.
A recent video posted online shows the Bahraini prime minister telling the police officer that the latter is above the law.
The officer, identified by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights as Lieutenant Colonel Mubarak bin Huwail, was cleared on July 1 of charges of having â€œused force, torture, and threatsâ€ against six Shia doctors who were detained during anti-regime protests in 2011.
“No one can apply the law to you. No one can do anything about what Iâ€™m saying to you. Whoever applies these laws against you is using them against us. We are one,â€ the Prime minister said.
“As I told you, I came here to thank you for your patience, and for your kind work. The work of this whole family is the reason behind your reputation, which can’t get any better,” he added.
The prime minister went on to say that the officer â€œis our son, and nothing shall harm you, wherever you are, I’ll always be there for you.â€
Bahrain has been hit by turmoil on its streets since mid-February 2011, with protesters calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
The Bahraini regime launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states to assist the suppression.
Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.