DUBAI: A Bahraini court has acquitted two police officers, including a Bahraini princess, who were on trial for torturing doctors while in detention during political turmoil in the Gulf kingdom in 2011, a lawyer and an activist said on Friday.
Sheikha Noura bint Ibrahim al Khalifa was one of the two police officers acquitted by the court of appeals on December 23, Hameed Mulla, a lawyer for the doctors told Reuters by telephone from Manama.
He said he plans to submit a request to appeal against the verdict for a second time.
The government’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) confirmed Sheikha Noura was acquitted on Monday by the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court but did not say what charges she had faced or provide other details.
It said the court upheld a previous acquittal verdict on July 1. Bahrain’s ruling al Khalifa family includes hundreds of princes and princesses, many of whom hold jobs in the public sector.
According to media reports, Sheikha Noura is about 29 years old. The alleged torture took place in 2011 when the US-allied kingdom was convulsed by unrest following the start in February that year of mass protests demanding democratic change in the monarchy.
Local media said the appeals court upheld the verdict due to lack of evidence.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2013.
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"Bahrain court acquits princess"
Really... wow... what were the odds of that happening...