Two Bahraini teenagers have reportedly been subjected to electric shocks by police during questioning as the ruling Al Khalifah regime continues to target minors, arrest and expose them to various forms of torture irrespective of international calls to stop the practice.
The family of 16-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim Abdel-Jabbar, a local resident of the northwestern village of Bani Jamra, said their son had told them of being electrocuted at the Dawar 17 police station before authorities transferred him to the Dry Dock Prison, Arabic-language Bahrain al-Youm news agency reported.
They added that Mohammed Ibrahim, looking pale and gaunt, made the revelation during a family reunion on Wednesday.
The family explained that their son has been in custody pending investigation into alleged charges related to political activities.
Last month, the Public Prosecutor’s Office ordered the detention of Abdel-Jabbar and another teenager, identified as Ahmed Mansoor. They were arrested on July 22.
Mohammed Ibrahim and Ahmed were questioned and subjected to ten days of torture while in detention at the Dawar 17 police station.
They were forced to stand on their feet during interrogation, and were each accompanied by two regime guards. They were also beaten and given electric shocks.
The two teenagers were forced to sign fabricated confessions, before the Public Prosecutor’s Office ordered on July 30 that they must be held in prison for 30 days.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
On March 5, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3.