Bahrain reveals rogue doctors' role during unrest
Manama, October 1, 2011
Bahrain has revealed details of the occupation of Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) by its medical cadre based on a verdict issued by the National Safety Court of First Instance.
Unveiling the details on Friday, Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Public Military Prosecutor Colonel Dr Yousif Rashid Flaifal said the convicts' roles were described based on detailed confessions of some of them, eyewitnesses' testimonies and investigations.
Ali Al Ekri led the conspiracy, assigned roles and ordered guards to be stationed at the hospital's entrances, allowing in only those who served their purposes.
Those who called for the overthrow of the regime and were injured outside the GCC Roundabout received treatment.
He tasked Hassan Al Sadadi and his group to block gates with ambulances to prevent security forces from entering and set up tents in the car parks. Two Kalashinkovs, knives and daggers were stocked in ambulances.
Ghassan Dhaif was entrusted with dealing with local and foreign media and Abdulkhaliq Al Oraibi supervised the medical tent. Marhoon Al Wedae provided ambulances and weapons to protesters.
According to court details, the group held their first meeting at the residence of Bahrain Nursing Society president Rula Al Saffar.
Al Saffar was assigned the role of calling for meetings, rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations through SMS addressed to nurses.
Qassim Omran was in charge of the media committee while Mahmoud Asghar was appointed his deputy as well as the group's official spokesman.
Ahmed Omran was tasked to assist Al Ekri and Fata Hajji to co-ordinate between rescue teams and injured people, in addition to dispatching medical rescue teams to the protesters at the GCC Roundabout.
Al Ekri threatened everyone in SMC, including doctors, nurses and workers, who did not comply with him and thereby he and his aides took control of the hospital.
They derailed SMC off its original duty of providing medical care for all and dedicated it to the wounded of the GCC Roundabout.
In a related development, Human Rights and Social Development Ministry co-ordination and follow-up assistant under-secretary Khalifa Al Ka'abi said at a Press conference at the Information Affairs Authority that all international human rights laws and criteria were observed during and after the trial of members of the medical cadre.
SMC chief executive officer Dr Waleed Al Mana'a said gatherings and sit-ins he witnessed at SMC totally contravened the Civil Service Law, which prevents any type of sit-ins in vital places.
Accident and Emergency Department head Dr Jassim Al Mehza said the code of ethics of the medical profession had been violated when he saw the medical staff refusing treatment of patients and exploiting their injuries for media purposes with distortion of statements'.-TradeArabia News Service