Statement on Capital Punishment Case


London, 15 January 2017:The Kingdom of Bahrain has implemented the death penalty against three men found guilty of the premeditated murder of three policemen in Daih on 3 March 2014, as well as seriously maiming another 13 officers with life-changing injuries. Sami Mushaima, Ali Al-Singace and Abbas Al-Samea were convicted of manufacturing and planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were detonated remotely after luring first responders into the fatal ambush.

The case was heard at all three tiers of the judicial system, as those convicted were afforded the right to appeal the decision twice, at the High Criminal Court and Court of Cassation (Bahrain’s highest court). The Court of Cassation, heard the final appeals on January 9th, and confirmed the original verdict. The trial was attended by observing embassy officials and independent experts.

The forensic evidence presented in the case included in part fingerprints on the IEDs, phone records which confirmed the locations of the three men (e.g., at the time of the attacks) and wide-ranging witness statements.

Those convicted were members of the listed terrorist group Saraya al-Ashtar,  whose members have been convicted of attempting to smuggle weapons and explosives into the Kingdom to carry out similar violent attacks.

Bahrain rarely implements the death penalty and then, in only the most serious cases. The decision was taken in accordance with international law and human rights standards as set out in all nine of the United Nations Safeguards, which includes that the court based the decision on “clear and convincing evidence”, which left “no room for an alternative explanation of the facts.”