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Tánaiste must intervene in case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

7 April, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on foreign affairs Padraig MacLochlainn TD has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore to intervene in the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja who is on his 58th day of hungerstrike in Bahrain.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:“Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is a Bahraini human rights activist who was arrested in April 2011, beaten and tortured during the crackdown against those calling for reform.“He was sentenced to life imprisonment after a grossly unfair trial. Despite the recommendation in the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) that all those who had been tried by military courts should have their cases reviewed by ordinary courts, this has not yet occurred.“Abdulhadi has been on hungerstrike since 8th February 2012 and is now on his 58th day. He is in a critical condition and is close to death.“The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the government must urgently intervene in an effort to save Abdulhadi’s life.”

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