Bahrain’s Highest Court Upholds Death Sentence on Three Defendants for Premeditated Murder of Policemen




Manama, Jan. 9: The Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence against three defendants in the case of the premeditated murder of First-Lieutenant Tariq Mohammed Al Shehi and policemen Mohammed Raslan and Ammar Abdu Ali Mohammed.

The crime took place on March 3, 2014 when the defendants planted an explosive device, lured the policemen into an ambush before detonating it, killing three policemen. Eight terror suspects, including five in custody, were referred to the Criminal Court. They were charged with forming a terror group to undermine the provisions of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its institutions. The Court concluded that the act was one that it was calculated and carefully-planned operation to deliberately kill and maim police personnel.

The case has gone through all levels of the courts, including twice to the Court of Appeals and twice to the Court of Cassation, the verdicts were upheld in view of the incontestable evidence.

It is worth noting that Bahrain uses the death penalty rarely and only in the most serious cases, and as such, in the past 20 years only one execution has been implemented. Any death sentence is automatically appealed to the Court of Cassation (Bahrain’s highest court), and the sentence is not carried out unless ratified by His Majesty the King. Both the original conviction and any rejection of appeals must be agreed unanimously by the judges, nine judges in total in all three levels of court and in accordance with international law and human rights standards as set out in the United Nations Safeguards.