Bahrain’s ombudsman receives 242 complaints

The report recommends measures to ensure that police staff can be easily identified by members of the public and detainees.



By Our Correspondent

Published: Fri 30 May 2014, 11:03 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:33 AM

Bahrain’s Ombudsman Office has received 242 complaints from residents and places of detention against security personnel and 39 of them are under investigation.

This was highlighted in the first report of the office on Wednesday to highlight its operations over one year.

Twenty-nine complaints have been referred to the Special Investigations Unit, 15 to the Security Prosecution and one to the Public Prosecution. Forty-nine complaints resulted in recommendations for action being made to the establishments where the complaints originated. About 109 complaints were not eligible for investigation by the Ombudsman (because they did not concern the Ministry of Interior). Twelve members of the Ministry of Interior were referred to the criminal courts, and two to the disciplinary courts following criminal investigations undertaken on Ombudsman’s referrals. The Ombudsman is monitoring the progress of all these cases.

To enhance the work of police force and reduce complaints, the report recommends measures to ensure that police staff can be easily identified by members of the public and detainees, while arrangements should be made for every police vehicle to have its unique identification number prominently displayed.

The report also stressed that the Dry Dock Detention Centre administration should immediately assume full responsibility for transporting detainees to hospitals and cease the practice of requesting community police to undertake this function. An ambulance should be called in the case of medical emergencies.

It also highlighted the need for an urgent review of the arrangements for ensuring that no illicit substances or non-prescribed medication can be brought into prisons or places of detention.

shamada@khaleejtimes.com


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