Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ali Hasan the 11-year-old boy accused of taking part in anti-government protests to stand trial in Bahrain

An 11-year-old boy is to stand trial in Bahrain for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests.

Ali Hasan is accused of ‘joining an illegal gathering’ and faces other charges linked to protests in the Gulf state. He recently took school exams behind bars.

Ali was arrested last month during the Sunni monarchy’s crackdown on protests by Bahrain’s majority Shiites.

His plight was revealed by his defence lawyer, Mohsen al-Alawi, who will be representing the child when he appears in court on Monday to face the charges.

It is not the first time that the Bahrain authorities have been accused of targeting school children - three teenage school girls said they were beaten in custody by the police there in May last year.

More than 50 people have died in Bahrain since unrest began in February and martial law was imposed after mass rallies.

Martial law was declared after rallies of up to 200,000 people took place. Read More