Government Criticises Executions in Bahrain

The British Government has criticised the execution of three men in Bahrain, the first since 2010. The three men were executed by firing squad following their being found guilty of a bomb attack on police.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement:

“The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty, and it is our longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances. The Bahraini authorities are fully aware of our position and I have raised the issue with the Bahraini Government”.

A spokesperson for Amnesty International said:

“The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and the fact that this execution was carried out after an unfair trial and despite claims from the men that they were tortured in custody makes this news even more shocking. Instead of stepping up executions Bahrain’s authorities should establish an immediate moratorium on executions and work on abolishing the death penalty once and for all”.