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Global Health
November 21, 2012

Bahraini Medics’ Conviction Upheld

JAMA. 2012;308(19):1963. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.73684

Bahrain's highest appeals court refused to overturn the convictions of 9 medical professionals who were arrested last year during prodemocracy protests against the Bahraini government. The health care professionals were among dozens of medical staff who cared for protesters injured during the uprising. Having exhausted all appeals, 6 of the convicted medics who still had time to serve were imprisoned to complete sentences of between 2 months and 5 years.

The 9 medics were among 20 health workers convicted of felony charges by a military court in September 2011. The 20 were retried in civil court in June, and 9 had their convictions upheld but reduced. Nine others were acquitted, and 2 had their sentences sustained in absentia.

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