Bahrain to probe deaths during protests

(Our Correspondent)
Filed on February 16, 2011
Bahrain to probe deaths during protests

MANAMA — His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the recent disturbances that left two Bahrainis dead.

The King offered in a speech on Bahrain TV his condolences to the families of the two youths, Ali Abdulhadi Mushama and Fadhel Matrook, who died during clashes with security forces in the last two days.

He assigned the investigation to a panel chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Jawad bin Salem Al Oyarred. The Ruler also instructed the legislative authority to draft proper laws to deal with the issue.

King Hamad assured that the freedom of expression is protected by the constitution, laws and systems, while high-lighting that the reforms that started 10 years back would continue for the better future of Bahrain and its citizens.

The King’s speech came shortly after Al Wefaq opposition society announced its suspension from parliamentary activities.

As crowds gathered at Pearl Square in the capital of Manama on Tuesday, security forces appeared to hold back. Many in the square waved Bahraini flags and chanted slogans.

The second day of protest began after police tried to disperse mourners gathering at a hospital parking lot to begin a funeral procession for Ali Abdulhadi Mushama, 21, who died on Monday. Officials at Bahrain’s Salmaniya Medical Complex said 31-year-old Fadhel Matrook became the second fatality when he died of injuries from birdshot fired during the melee in the hospital’s parking lot. —

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