London, 27 April 2018: On Thursday, 26 April, His Majesty the King commuted the death penalty of four individuals to a life sentence. The four individual’s
were convicted in a terrorism case and the verdict was upheld by Bahrain’s highest court, the Court of Cassation. The case involved a coordinated attempt targeting the life of Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defencr Force(BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
His Majesty’s decision came as a result of the safeguards against the death penalty in the Bahraini constitution (Article 41) and legal system. In addition to a plea made by the parents and families of the individuals.
Furthermore, a letter of thanks was sent from His Majesty to the Commander-in-Chief of the BDF in appreciation of his compassionate stance which contributed to the decision to commute the sentence.
The British Government’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Alistair Burt MP, has welcomed the decision.
H.E. Shaikh Fawaz Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the United Kingdom appreciated the position expressed by the British Government, adding that recognizing His Majesty’s efforts and the underlying safeguards and mechanisms demonstrate that such penalties are taken very seriously in Bahrain and are applied in only the most extreme of cases.