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Parliamentary questions
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6 January 2019
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Question for written answer E-000009-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Brando Benifei (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Arbitrary detention of Habib Ali Mubarak in Bahrain
 Answer in writing 

Habib Ali Mubarak, a 32-year-old Bahraini, was arrested on 21 October 2014 after his home was raided without a warrant and in his absence. Officers told his family that he had to surrender himself to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), where he was to be questioned over a ‘small issue’ and then immediately released.

Two days later, Mubarak complied. However, officers detained him for five days, during which time he was tortured and insulted for his Shia beliefs and doctrine. On 19 November 2015, he was convicted for arson in connection with a fire in Jad Hafs and sentenced to 15 years in prison, despite having an alibi that the judge discarded.

In the meantime, his wife, a human rights defender, was also arrested (along with their six-month-old son), tortured and interrogated, before she recorded a video apology to the King that was posted online. She is currently outside Bahrain, but Mr Mubarak may face further charges of terrorism. This is a blatant example of the Bahraini Government’s violations of human rights concerning detention and a fair trial.

Is the VP/HR aware of this case?

Is she willing to take up action with the Bahraini authorities in order to secure the release of Habib Ali Mubarak?

Last updated: 18 January 2019Legal notice