Al-Khalifa regime forces detain 3 minors with no charge or conviction

Bahraini forces have arrested a number of minors without offering any legal justification for their detention as the ruling Al Khalifah regime does not shy away from its repressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Human rights activists, requesting anonymity, said Jassem Abdul Jalil Hassan, Ali Hussain Abdullah and Hussain Ali had been remanded in police custody for a week, pending further investigation, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

Meanwhile, a Manama court has sentenced another minor, identified as Mohammed Abdul Hussain, to a year in prison.

The teenager had been summoned for questioning in April without being informed of the accusations leveled against him.

Arabic-language Bahrain al-Youm news agency reported on August 4 that two Bahraini teenagers, identified as Mohammed Ibrahim Abdel-Jabbar and Ahmed Mansoor, had been subjected to electric shocks by police during questioning.

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.