I've compiled below links to all of my posts regarding the case of the six (now four) detainees on charges of terrorism. Whenever I add a post on this topic I will update the link here also. You can also find a link to this page at the top of the sidebar on the right, under "Continuous coverage"
2-Nov-04: "Terror" suspects released
As Sparkle informed us yesterday, the remaining four "terror" suspects were released yesterday until their next court appearance on December 3. They had been detained for a total of more than 105 days. Needless to say, the US Embassy and the Fifth Fleet will not be pleased with this move, so don't be surprised if they get thrown in back in jail again.
15-Oct-04: What of the detainees?
On September 13 I posted about the four remaining detainees on terrorism charges who were required to stay in custody for a further 30 days. It is now October 15, and well over 30 days have passed since that extension was ordered, but we know nothing about their fate. The detainees have now been in custody for over 90 days in total.
22-Sep-04: Fishy seamen
Ever since those six men were arrested (two were recently released) on charges of terrorism, there have been widespread rumors that it is the US interests on the island that have been pressuring the government to take these actions; and that they are effectively running the show. Up until now there had been no official word from any US authority about what their role is in all of this.
13-Sep-04: Detainees in for another 30 days
The latest news with regards to the case of the four remaining detainees is that they have been ordered to remain in custody for a further 30 days. They have been in custody for 60 days already. When the order was announced one of the detainees, Yasir Malik, sprinted out of court but turned himself in after an hour, having spent a short time with his wife and children.
12-Sep-04: Here we go again
This story just keeps repeating itself over and over again... I don't know why I keep posting it. I've lost track of how many times these guys have been rearrested and released. The last thing that happened was that after completing their 45 days under custody they were ordered to remain in custody for a further 15 days. As the article below reports, two of the six men have been released without any explanation, and a court session today will determine whether the remaining four will also be released.
31-Aug-04: Another blackout
Not a power blackout, but another media blockout. Sorry, I missed this news item from yesterday since it wasn't in any of the Bahraini papers (obviously). Apparently the six detainees are to remain in custody for a further 15 days, without having being charged (and having completed their original 45 days in custody already). In addition, the media blackout on the details of the case is to continue.
26-Jul-04: Speaking about the unspeakable: Update
It's not often that you will find me agreeing with GDN editor Les Horton, but I very much support what he has written in his column this morning. As I hoped it would do in my post last night, the Press is making sure that the news ban by the Public Prosecutor is not accepted so easily. Also, take note that the Press was told not to report about the case, nor the imposition of the ban itself.
26-Jul-04: Speaking about the unspeakable
Finally, the Public Prosecutor has spoken about the news blackout on the case of the six detainees. But he still hasn't made any attempt to explain why there is a need to impose a press ban. He may not be under any legal obligation to do so, but I hope the Press keeps pushing him on this until we get a proper answer.
21-Jul-04: Bahrain imposes news blackout on detainees
I'm not sure what this means exactly, but here is the report from Reuters: MANAMA, July 20 (Reuters) - Bahrain imposed a news blackout on Tuesday in the case of six Islamists arrested last week for allegedly planning attacks in the pro-Western Gulf Arab state. The Information Ministry said its decision was based on a ruling by the public prosecutor.
15-Jul-04: The saga continues
These guys have been arrested and released without being charged several times now I think. I wish the authorities would take the time to collect enough evidence before arresting them. It is interesting though, the way in which many news outlets are suggesting that this may be part of an ongoing tussle between the Bahraini and American authorities.
24-Jun-04: Bahrain releases six 'militants'
Uhh,... okay then. From the BBC: The authorities in the tiny state of Bahrain have released without charge six men seized on Tuesday on suspicion of planning to commit "dangerous acts".