Bahrain warns those having illegal guns

Filed on April 8, 2012

MANAMA Bahrain has issued a stern warning people possessing unlicenced guns and ammunitions following the death of a Bahraini youth by a bullet in his thigh on March 13.

The killer of Ahmed Ismael Abdulsamad is still unknown. Ismael, among the protesters, was assigned to photograph protests and rioting in the disturbed villages. Those photos are usually posted on social media networks.

The Ministry of Interior affirmed on Friday that those with unlicensed guns or ammunitions should immediately approach the Licenses Office at the General Directorate of Crime Detection and Forensic Science. It said that under the law those possessing or carrying unlicensed weapons can face up to 15 years in prison while those who possess or carry ammunitions can be jailed for up to five years. According to article 21 of the same law, those who don’t renew their licences can be punished with up to six months in jail.

Meanwhile, the Public Prosecution has warned the family of Ismael to either collect his body or authorise the administrative authority concerned to bury the corpse. The family refuses to go on with the burial before mentioning in the death certificate that he died because of a bullet wound.

The coroner who conducted the autopsy concluded that the death was caused by a recent single live gunshot to the pelvis. According to the postmortem report, the young man succumbed to his wound as the gunshot lacerated his blood vessels, causing profuse haemorrhage.

The family blames police for his death, while witnesses said a gunman shot him from a civilian car.

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