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Bahrain

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the current welfare and whereabouts of Dr Al Singace, who has been in detention in Bahrain.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are aware of the sentence received by Dr Al Singace and are deeply concerned by the nature of the charges brought against him and the 20 other political figures. We have not been able to establish the whereabouts of Dr Al Singace and have no specific information about his welfare.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my honourable friend Alistair Burt, made a statement on 22 June 2011 expressing his concern about the process surrounding the sentencing of the 21 opposition members, and the nature of many of the charges. He said he was deeply worried that civilians had been tried before tribunals chaired by a military judge, by the reports of abuse in detention, and by the lack of access to legal counsel and the coerced confessions.

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