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Trio refuses bail

Sunday, March 13, 2005

"BahrainOnline is the people's Press"

The Public Prosecutor has offered the BahrainOnline detainees (Ali, Hussain and Mohammed) to be released on bail for BD1,000 (US$2,650) while the case against them continues. The Trio have however refused the offer because their freedom would still be at the mercy of the Public Prosecution, who could re-arrest them later at its will. Instead the Trio have demanded their release without any conditions, and have opted to remain in prison until then.

Therefore, the program of activities will continue as mentioned earlier. On Tuesday night there will be a seminar to discuss the arrests. On Wednesday night (I believe) there will be another protest in front of Hoora police station. And demonstrations will be held during Formula-1 weekend, and (I forgot to mention this before) during the Asian IT Ministers Summit, which will take place on the 21st and 22nd of March at the Exhibition Centre.

Below is a photo of the trio fom inside the Public Prosecution building this morning:

You can see the rest of the set on this thread.

And a few more pics from today's protest outside the Public Prosecution building:

This girl was too cute:

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5 Responses to 'Trio refuses bail'


Anonymous Anonymous says:

I aggree that the affest of the "Trio" is probably usjust (I can't read arabic so I can't really have an opinion), but do you think it is fair that there are protests planned for the formula 1 weekend. The F1 is a event which brings tourism and trade to Bahrain and having protests near the track could ruin Bahrain's image of a fair country (which for the most part, as far a I know, it is (fair)).

Mabye it could be argued that the Government has brought this on themselves, but a protest near the F1 track will have a little effect on the government but a large effect on many business men around Bahrain who stand to loose business if Bahrain's image is marred by this protest.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

I aggree that the affest of the "Trio" is probably usjust (I can't read arabic so I can't really have an opinion), but do you think it is fair that there are protests planned for the formula 1 weekend. The F1 is a event which brings tourism and trade to Bahrain and having protests near the track could ruin Bahrain's image of a fair country (which for the most part, as far a I know, it is (fair)).

Mabye it could be argued that the Government has brought this on themselves, but a protest near the F1 track will have a little effect on the government but a large effect on many business men around Bahrain who stand to loose business if Bahrain's image is marred by this protest.    

Blogger Bahrania says:

Exactly anonymous. Which is why the government should release them before anymore 'damage' is done. Protests and demonstrations are one of a few effective means used to put pressure on the government to re-think it's actions and will be used whenever injustice occurs. Quite frankly I don't think the protestors would give two hoots about the formula 1 or could afford a ticket to attend it.

The Formula one is a prestige project that has yet to produce a trickle-down effect on your average Bahraini.    

Blogger Chanad says:
3/14/2005 05:03:00 pm

Anon, I understand the dilemma. I quite enjoy F-1 and it would be nice if we could all spend the weekend celebrating the sport; and our businessmen could make a nice profit while we're at it.

But so long as the protesters are peaceful, they don't interefere with any of the activities, and they maintain a reasonable distance between themselves and the site, it's hard for me to argue against it.

Moreover, I think that to an extent it is important that the business community take more concern with what is going on. More than any other part of society, I think the businessman have some sway with the government. Therefore they have a responsibility to apply more pressure on the government to get its act together... not just for the sake of Ali, but for the sake of their own businesses. The economy will not be able to prosper until these government practices come to an end.    

Blogger sume says:
3/14/2005 06:11:00 pm

Has anyone considered sending some of their photos to BBC's "Your news, your pictures"?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/2780295.stm#yourpics    

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