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Bahrain clears officer who tortured female journalist

nazeeha saeedA court in Bahrain has acquitted a female officer of her charges of torturing female Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed.

The appeals court in Manama exonerated the unnamed officer despite three counts of forensics account against her.

Nazeeha Saeed, the Bahraini correspondent of France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, was summoned to a police station in the city of Rifa’a for questioning at midday on 22 May, 2011.
She expected to be back home two hours later and had no inkling of the nightmare awaiting her.

Reports indicate four policewomen proceeded to slap, punch and kick her repeatedly. One of the women took her shoe and forced it into her mouth. Nazeeha was accused of lying in her reports about the situation in Bahrain.

The Persian Gulf island nation, which is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has been the scene of anti-regime protests since February 2011, and scores of people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the regime crackdown.

The protesters, however, say they will continue holding demonstrations against the Al Khalifa regime until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

Recently, another court in the country cleared two police officers, who were accused of killing an anti-regime demonstrator, of all charges.

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