10 : 59 PM - 30/09/2011
Manama-Sept 30(BNA) Bahrain has today released full details of the events leading to the indictment of the Salmaniya Hospital medical cadres. BDF Public Military Prosecutor Colonel Doctor Yusuf Rashid Flaifal today spotlighted the case in deep insight as featuring in the National Safety Lower Court ruling.
The first suspect Ali Al-Ekri led a group of doctors and nurses (cited in the case referred to the court from 1 to 20) to rally at the GCC roundabout, chant anti-regime slogans and occupy Bahrain's largest hospital (Salmaniya Medical Complex) towards reaching their plotted goal, toppling Bahrain's regime.
The group of plotters met on February 17, 2011 at the vicinity of the SMC emergency ward.
Then in the morning of February 18, 2011 they gathered at the house of the 7th suspect Rola Al-Saffar. First Suspect Ali Al-Ekri chaired the above-mentioned meeting in the presence of suspect 18 Saeed Al-Samahiji and suspect 11 Al-Sayyed Marhoon and others and exchanged statements and discussed developments at the GCC roundabout.
They agreed in both meetings to draft a statement, which was reviewed by suspect (18) Saeed Al Samahiji and read by suspect (6) Ibrahim Abdulla Ibrahim.
In the statement, they called for the sacking of the then health minister while Al-Wefaq Society would file an international complaint in this regard against the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The group then decided to escalate staging a silent vigil on the same day at the SMC courtyard, whilst on duty, following a call made by Bahrain Nursing Society chairperson Rola Al-Saffar.
A total 500 Health Ministry doctors and personnel attended the rally, including suspect (9) Ghassan Dhaif and suspect (10) Bassem Dhaif. They read the above-mentioned statement, urging the disruption of Bahrain's security and stability.
On February 19, 2011, suspect (1) Ali Al-Ekri and suspect (3) Nader Diwani met at the SMC Radiology department. They were later joined by suspect (4) Ahmed Al-Omran, suspect (5) Mahmoud Asghar, suspect (6) Ibrahim Abdulla Ibrahim, suspect (7) Rola Al-Saffar, suspect (9) Ghassan Dhaif and suspect (10) Bassem Dhaif.
They agreed to meet the following day at the clinic of suspect (1) Ali El-Ekri at 8 pm to form committees in a step aimed at mobilizing support for the roundabout anti-regime protests.
The group was joined by suspect (8) Abdulkhaliq Al-Oraibi and suspect (3) Nader Al-Diwani who chaired the meeting.
They proceeded by distributing roles among them. Suspect (9) has been assigned the role of liaising with TV channels and speaking to foreign media in English and following up local and international newspapers to gauge the opinion of the international and local community regard events gripping Bahrain towards toppling the Kingdom's political regime.
Suspect (8) Abdulkhaliq Al-Oraibi has been assigned the role of supervising the medical camp which was set up at the GCC roundabout following a directive of suspect (1) Ali Al-Ekri and a proposal submitted by suspect (12) Nada Dhaif, who had been appointed as Al-Ekri's deputy.
Suspect (6) Ibrahim Abdulla Ibrahim has been appointed as Constituent Committee secretary-general, which was set up following the first two meetings.
Suspect (1) Ali Al-Ekri has been chosen to chair the committee which was tasked to deliver instigative speeches and read statements at SMC platform and inciting doctors and nurses to escalate protests to prompt the sacking of the health minister and his undersecretary and step up the anti-regime campaign.
Suspect (7) Rola Al-Safar assumed the role of Constituent Committee deputy secretary general.
She was tasked to call for meetings, rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations via instigative SMS addressed to nurses, thus contravening legal rules and regulations.
Suspect (19) Qassim Omran was in charge of the media committee while suspect (5) Mahmoud Asghar was appointed as his deputy as well as the group's official spokesman.
Suspect (4) Ahmed Omran was named as assistant to suspect (1) Ali Al-Ekri. Suspect (14) Fata Hajji has been tasked to coordinate between rescue teams and injured people, in addition to dispatching medical rescue teams to the protestors rallying at the GCC roundabout.
Suspect (2) Ali-Al-Sadadi chaired the self-named splinter "revolutionary group", connected with the roundabout protestors, whose role was to ensure full control of the Salmaniya Medical Complex being highly important for their anti-regime campaign.
The same splinter group brought two Kalashnikovs and ammunitions as well as swords, knives and iron rods using ambulances.
The weapons were hidden inside the hospital in coordination with suspect (1) Ali Al-Ekri to be used in policemen decide to storm the hospital.
Moreover, the second suspect following instructions by the first suspect had appointed security duties both on the entrance and exit of the hospital.
Entry was permitted only those who supported them fulfilled their own requirements and only Shia patients who called for the toppling of the government were treated.
This duty was undertaken by the second suspect Ali Hassan Al Sadadi and his group detached from the roundabout originally who had agreed with him to block the hospital doors using the ambulance so that the security forces were not able to enter.
He also appointed him to setup the tents in front of the emergency building to host activities in them and in which sit-ins were conducted in and were conducted in two sections.
One for the doctors in the afternoon and at night for the religious scholars to encourage them in their sit-ins at the hospital to help the success of what they called the February 14 revolution and toppling of the government.
This was all done under the supervision of the first suspect Ali Al Ekri as he allowed religious scholars to conducted speeches and incite the toppling of the government and changing it to a Federation or Constitutional Monarchy.
The first suspect threatened everyone in SMC, including doctors, nurses and workers, who did not comply with him and therefore he and his aides took control over the hospital.
As a result, they derailed SMC off its original duty of providing medical care for all regardless of gender, sect or others and dedicated it to the wounded of the Roundabout and the participants at the so-called “14 of February Revolution” incidents, calling for the overthrow of the ruling system and inciting its hatred.
They also made the hospital a place where they detained, for their own personal and illegal purposes, police officers, Sunni citizens or residents.
Worse than that, they hid weapons and live ammunition brought by the second suspect Ali Al Sadadi, along with the first defendant in the Supplies store, near the Medical College, the suspended ceiling of one of the offices of the northeasterly side, the refrigeration room number 4117 in wards 45 and 46 in the fourth floor of the old building.
Indeed, white weapons, including iron rods, a sword with golden handle and metal blades, machete and knives were found in the first place, and two Russian-made Kalashinkov firearms were discovered in the second place, which they intended to use against security forces once they decided to storm the hospital. Ambulances, too, were used to transport people whom they arrested and brought to the hospital to keep as hostages, take weapons to the rioters at the Bahrain University and supply the Roundabout protestors with medical devices and medicines.
The second defendant Marhoun Al Wadae was responsible for misusing ambulances for illegitimate purposes, following instructions from the first suspect.
All this was aimed to spread terror among secure citizens and residents and terrorise them for the sake of giving the impression that the kingdom was instable and insecure and that security forces are targeting a certain social group, in a way that is punishable by the law and against religious teachings.
The constituent Committee also changed the heads of the hospital’s departments and replaced them by some defendants in order to control and occupy it, in line with the instructions of the joint committees.
The eleventh defendant Marhoun Al Wadae, who was in charge of emergency, coordinated with the first suspect to use ambulances to serve participants at demonstrations and sit-ins that took place in the kingdom then, take the wounded Sunni citizens and policemen to the hospital to hold as hostages and transport weapons. Then, the meetings of the defendants swerved to another purpose.
Defendants Ahmed Abdulaziz Omran and Mahmoud Asghar Abdulwahab joined the Roundabout protestors and dedicated themselves to their service, in line with instructions from Al Wefaq whose members defendants Ahmed Qassim Omran and AbdulKhaliq Al Oraib, as well as some Al Wefaq MPs who attended those meetings in which they decided to occupy the Salmaniya Medical Complex, as one of the means to overthrow the regime. Then, they started issuing false statements regarding the number of the wounded and the dead by deliberately exaggerating their numbers.
They also distorted reality through giving the injured, and even those not wounded at all, the wrong medicines and claimed, in front of media outlets and networks, that they were hit by the security officers.
Even worse, they did not hesitate to perform surgery for some patients who did not even need them, as revealed in their own confessions.
The defendants also made statements to Al Alim, Al Manar, Al Jazeera English Channels and others and reported exaggerated number of injuries and fabricated stories about the reality of what was going on for the sake of abusing the government of Bahrain and show the world that they were victims of the kingdom’s ruling system which they portrayed as repressive, contrary to the reality.
In this context, defendants Nader Diwani and Fatima Hajji allowed Al Alim, Al Manar, BBC and Press TV to film some alleged patients detained at SMC and pretended that they were the victims of police.
Also, the first defendant ordered SMC medical staff to provide medical treatment for the Shi’ite patients assembling at the Roundabout and deprive Sunni ones from those services.
As result, Sunni patients were evacuated from SMC departments which were then devoted to the Shi’ite Roundabout patients.
Moreover, blood bags that existed in the Blood Bank at the hospital were allocated for those individuals and were given to them at the roundabout with the knowledge of the seventh suspect Rola Al Saffar in an agreement with the 17th suspect Mohammed Faiq Al Shehab that works as a technician head at the laboratory at the hospital.
The latter was undertook the responsibility of the extraction of these bags and handing them over to the nurses appointed by the seventh suspect Rola Al Saffar.
These blood bags were used to create fallacious incidents by pouring them on protestors that were not injured and photographing them in a manner to deceive people and broadcasting them across television channels that had been allocated rooms for on the second floor of the hospital that were present continually to broadcast these fallacious incidents to the local and international community with the intention to project the government in Bahrain in a bad light and thus gain international support for the suspects.
This was all done following the suspects’ allocation and division with the knowledge of the 14th suspect Fatima Salman Hajji to critical, medium and non-critical cases in the ICU with the aid from the 13th suspect Hassan Mohammed Saeed Nasser that undertook the responsibility of the ICU ward. Meanwhile, the first suspect Ali Al Ekri gave instructions for the organising of shifts for doctors and nurses in an organized pattern in this tent under the supervision of the 8th suspect Abdulkhaleq Al Oraibi.
All of these actions were in violation endorsed by the laws and by-laws organising such duties.
As for the 15th suspect Daih Jaffer she had participated in the doctors’ shifts at the roundabout’s tent and participated in the Salmaniya rallies until the UN building and the Diplomatic Area and the sit-in in front of the emergency building at Salmaniya hospital. She also repeated slogans calling for the toppling of the government and destroyed state facilities as she undertook her work duties.
Meanwhile, the 20th suspect Zahara Al Sammek she had undertook her profession as an anesthesiologist in the February 14 incidents in favour of the protestors in the roundabout against the government.
She was also appointed to supervise on the surgical operations required by protestors and took part in five surgical operations that were undertaken illegally and recorded during the process with the knowledge of the television stations violating with that medical ethics and the patients’ rights.
She also participated in medical shifts at the tent in the roundabout along with her participation in rallies conducted by protestors and the sit-in in front of the Salmaniya hospital along with the first and second meeting at the hospital under the chairmanship of the first suspect.
The court ensured proof supporting the accusations referred to the suspects following the confessions of the third, sixth, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth suspect.
Moreover, their guilt was also proven via the witnesses and their number were ten who had come forward and presented their statements in court along with the investigation conducted by investigators and various technical Reports:
.( Dr. Ali Al-Ekri ( 15 Years imprisonment)1.
(Dr. Nader Diwani ( 15 Years imprisonment)2.
(Dr. Ahmed Abdul Aziz Omran (15 Years imprisonment)3.
(Dr. Mahmoud Asghar ( 15 Years imprisonment)4.
( Rola Al Saffar ( 15 Years imprisonment)5.
(Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al-Oraibi ( 15 Years imprisonment)6.
(Dr. Ghassan Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)7.
(Dr. Bassim Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)8.
( Sayed Marhoon Al-Wedaie ( 15 Years imprisonment)9.
(Dr. Nada Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)10.
( Dr. Fatima Haji ( 5 Years imprisonment)11.
(Dheya Ibrahim AbuIdris ( 5 Years imprisonment)12.
(Dr. Najah Khalil Al-Haddad ( 5 Years imprisonment)13.
( Dr. Saeed Al-Samahiji ( 10 Years imprisonment)14.
Dr. Zahra Al-Sammak ( 5 Years imprisonment)15.
( Ali Hassan Alsddi ( 15 Years imprisonment)16.
( Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahimn ( 15 Years imprisonment)17.
( Hassan Mohammed Said ( 10 Years imprisonment)18.
( Mohammed Faiq Ali ( 5 Years imprisonment)19.
20-Qassim Mohammed Omran ( 15 Years imprisonment)
HS/ WHQ /AHN
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