News ID: 112021
Publish Date : 01 February 2023 - 21:44

Jailed Bahraini Opposition Leader Shifted to Hospital as Health Deteriorates

MANAMA (Dispatches) – An
imprisoned Bahraini opposition leader has reportedly been moved to a military medical center following a deterioration in his health condition, as prison authorities had long denied him proper medical treatment.
The Arabic-language Lua Lua television network reported that Sheikh Mirza al-Mahrous, a Shia Muslim cleric, who suffers from heart failure, lost consciousness in his cell inside the notorious Jau Prison, south of the capital Manama, a few days ago.
He was subsequently transferred to a hospital in order to undergo cardiac catheterization, the report noted, adding that a catheter was inserted into one of his arteries and then guided up to his heart.
The report comes as Mahrous’s family has frequently voiced concern over his well-being and said officials at Jau Prison deny him necessary medicine.
A new report has exposed that political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Bahrain are suffering from the long-term effects of torture during their arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment, as the Al Khalifah regime continues to terrorize them in one way or another.
In a damning report released on Monday, the non-profit Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said it had found through interviews and medical reports that many victims were unable to resume a normal life due to “invisible wounds” that persist years after mistreatment.
The psychological effect of torture inevitably spills into the social life of the victims.
One of the victims told the organization that he was detained while taking a shower and was dragged naked on the street, where he was also beaten harshly.
He developed irritability and a deep-seated fear of being rearrested or of something happening to his family members. Fear of reprisal due to threats from the Manama regime forces later prevented him from attending therapy.
A female victim, who was forced to strip naked during an interrogation and sexually assaulted, whipped, insulted, and threatened with rape and the murder of her children, said she experienced self-hatred and contemplated suicide following the event.
Last month, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain’s main opposition group, expressed serious concern about the unhealthy conditions in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom’s detention centers, saying that political prisoners suffer high rates of chronic health conditions.
Al-Wefaq, in a statement released on January 21, announced that the imprisoned campaigners are subjected to various forms of mental and physical health conditions, denouncing their mistreatment as criminal and potentially fatal.
“Leaked documents from dozens of political prisoners indicate that the inmates are being kept in very terrible conditions,” the statement read.