UK-Financed Bahraini Ombudsman Fails to Investigate Torture Claims

Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (R) gestures as he walks with his daughter Malak Rajab to attend his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The police watchdog failed to investigate claims that Mohammed Ramadan was tortured in order to extract a confession, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Ramadan, who was arrested in 2014, was later convicted of participating in a bomb attack and sentenced to death after his confession. Ramadan’s family called on the UK authorities to investigate the torture allegations.

Bahrain’s ombudsman receives 2.1 million pounds [$3 million at current exchange rates] from London annually to improve the criminal justice system in the country.

On February 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning Ramadan’s detention, torture and capital sentence.

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