Last updated: 23 June, 2013

Bahraini court confirms policewoman’s accquittal

A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday confirmed the acquittal of a policewoman on trial for torturing a journalist arrested during Shiite-led unrest in the Gulf kingdom two years ago, judicial sources said.

On October 22 last year, she was acquitted on charges of torturing female journalist Naziha Saeed, Manama’s correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, during the crackdown on anti-regime protests.

But prosecutors appealed the decision to acquit the policewoman, whose name was not given.

The officer was prosecuted for hitting the journalist on May 22, 2011, after she was summoned by the police for questioning about her links with Al-Manar, the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah’s television channel.

Home to the US Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Gulf from Iran, Bahrain has continued to witness sporadic Shiite-led demonstrations, mostly outside the capital, since the uprising was crushed in March 2011.