12.29.2004

MPs on fact-finding mission to Jaw prison

This appeared in Bahrain's Gulf Daily News today.

MPs seeking to visit Jaw prison
By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI


A GROUP of MPs is seeking permission to visit Jaw prison, to investigate claims of mistreatment of prisoners. The Islamic Bloc has submitted the request to parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani, who will contact Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

Bloc president Ali Al Samahiji said that the visit, if approved, would be the first of a series to meet with prisoners and talk with them about the way they are being treated.

"We only want to check on them and ask about their conditions and if they needed anything," he told the GDN yesterday.

"In the end, they are human beings with needs and requirements as anyone else, whether they were in prison or not," he said.

Mr Al Samahiji, who is also parliament's legislative and legal affairs committee vice-chairman, said that there were many complaints about the way prisoners were being treated.

"We are not accusing anyone and all what we want to know is whether these complaints are right or wrong," he said.

"It would be something good if the Interior Ministry accepts our request, because our visit will clarify many things to us and the public and help improve prisons, because we will be preparing a report and submitting it to the ministry later after the visit."


Quiz Time 11

Today's question is: The MPs are pressing the Ministry of Interior for a visit to Jaw prison as reported in Bahrain's daily newspapers today. What do they think they will uncover there? Why do they think there is abuse being committed in our great correction facilities? Are they ready to stand up for "criminals" who have been crying for justice and decrying the injust and corrupt law enforcement authorities? Or will they also be bribed and muzzled, in keeping with the true Bahraini tradition of sticking your head in the sand when the going gets tough?