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Bahrain torture official to attend wedding

Bahraini_ambassadorThe Bahraini ambassador accused of ‘torture service’ is expected to attend the royal wedding, the Guardian has revealed.

The Bahraini ambassador to Britain, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali al-Khalifa, former leader of the country’s National Security Agency (NSA) and blamed for abusing the human rights, will participate in the royal wedding.

According to sources, Khalifa had received his invitation as the Bahraini ambassador to London, and the Bahrain embassy spokesman confirmed the event, adding he will attend the royal occasion.

Sheikh Khalifa was the head of National Security Agency from 2005 to 2008. The pressure group Human Rights Watch has accused him of torturing the prisoners with electric shocks and beatings in 2007.

St James’s Palace spokesperson said: “All heads of mission in London from countries with whom the United Kingdom is in normal diplomatic relations have been invited to the wedding. We acted in consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

A Human Rights Watch report uncovered that the Bahraini officials used torture and ill-treatment, mainly during the interrogation of the security suspects.

“Security officials appear to have utilised a specific repertoire of techniques against many of those arrested designed to inflict pain and elicit confessions. These techniques included the use of electro-shock devices, suspension in painful positions, beating the soles of the feet (falaka) and beatings of the head, torso, and limbs.”

The report also reveals that NSA’s officials had threatened to kill or rape the prisoners or even their families.

Moosa Abdul Ali Mohammed, among the 2007 prisoners, got asylum in Britain after revealing he suffered beatings, sexual violence and threats against his family.

He said, “He [Khalifa] is a bad man. I was tortured while he was in charge. It’s a bad thing he is invited to the wedding.”

The Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, whose forces have violently repressed the protesters asking for egalitarianism, was also among the dignitaries to participate the royal wedding. But he refused to attend the event, following the rising protests over his presence at the wedding.

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