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Cablegate: Bahraini Terror Suspects End Hunger Strike

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MANAMA 001146

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR NEA FRONT OFFICE: DAS PDIBBLE AND NEA/ARP:
TWILLIAMS/DBERNS
LONDON FOR ETHAN GOLDRICH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAINI TERROR SUSPECTS END HUNGER STRIKE

REF: MANAMA 1120

1. The six detainees held by the GOB on suspicion of
conspiracy to commit terrorist acts (see ref) ended their
hunger strike after four days. The detainees' lawyer Abdullah
Hashim was quoted in the Bahrain Tribune on July 19 that the
six agreed to end the hunger strike due to the deteriorating
health of detainees Yasser Kamal and Moheiddin Khan and
because civil societies and human rights groups publicly
expressed support of the detainees' efforts to prove their
innocence. Hashim told PolOFF on July 18 the GOB allowed
detainees' families visitation rights but has denied
visitation requests from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

2. Hashim told PolOFF on July 18 that he anticipates a march
in support of his clients to take place on July 23 following
Friday sermons, but would not identify the organizers. He
also said that any protest must be carried out legally and
peacefully. If not, Hashim is convinced that a violent
protest will influence the case against his clients and he
would be forced to publicly condemn the march.
WILLIAMSON

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