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Military courts to rule in terror cases
08 : 20 PM - 05/03/2017
Manama, Mar. 5 (BNA): Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, said it has become necessary to develop legislative tools to contribute to maintaining the homeland's security and stability, stressing Bahrain's keenness on promoting human rights in various fields consistent with the international conventions signed in the same areas.

This came in the Justice Minister's statement before the Shura Council during the discussion of a report on a draft amendment to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its explanatory memorandum associating with Royal Decree 7/ 2017.

The minister said Bahrain faces a developed war against terrorist armed groups and militias supported by countries and organisations target innocent people and property, whom should be addressed by developing legislative and laws to stop their threats to peace and security.

He added under the circumstances of countering terrorist acts, a military judge is in position to adjudicate such cases, including joining militias or terrorist groups formed by a country or supported by it, which is treated as a military act and cannot be thought as a civilian one.

He explained that military courts are run by a qualified judicial cadre of equal importance to civilian court judges. They are public courts respect procedural guarantees and follow the principle of litigation, noting the authority of the military court of cassation.

He pointed out the need for entering amendments to the constitution, for the old constitutional articles do not allow the state to face the armed groups, in case they carry out acts of assault, unless the state of martial law is declared.

He said military justice is well capable of identifying military and armed acts against civilians swiftly and decisively. In addition, military courts do not have the authority to put on trial civilians, but those who engage in terrorist acts and violent crimes will be prosecuted by military courts as their acts are considered as armed assault.


BNA 1714 GMT 2017/03/05

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