Waad’s Lawyers Inform the Organization the Start of the Administrative Court Hearings on the 9th of September
Al-Mousawi: Ebrahim Sharif is a prisoner of conscience and must be released
The High Administrative Court set the 9th of September, 2014, as the first day of hearings on the case filed against the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) by the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs. This lawsuit comes in light of the Minister’s allegations that the organization committed administrative violations and his demands for their rectification.
The Acting Secretary General of Wa’ad, Radhi Al-Mousawistated, “We were informed by the organization’s lawyers on Thursday, the 31st of July, that the High Administrative Court set the 9th of September as the first day of hearings on the case.” Al-Mousawi said, “We consider this a political lawsuit coming after the decision of the General Assembly of October 2012 to electEbrahim Sharif, a prisoner of conscience and a prisoner of opinion, as the General Secretary of the organization.”
He continued, “The bureau of political organizations at the Ministry of Justice had sent a letter to Wa’ad in December 2012 demanding that we eliminate Sharif’s name from our Secretariat and from the organization’s records, citing that his status as a criminal prisoner deprived him of all his civil and political rights. The letter also demanded that we restructure the positions of our political office. We have responded to the Ministry of Justice affirming that Sharif continues to be our General Secretary and that he is a prisoner of conscience who must be released instead of suing his organization and seeking its closure.”
Al-Mousawi added, “The recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (Bassiouni’s Commission), released on the 23rd of November, 2011, and approved by His Majesty the King, in addition to the recommendations of the Human Rights Council of September 2012 - 158 out of 176 of which were approved by the government of Bahrain - all characterized and considered Ebrahim Sharif as a prisoner of conscience and a prisoner of opinion. Numerous international human rights organizations and the press releases and reports of many nations and their parliaments all confirmed this and demanded that Bahrain commits to its international obligations and promises, and implement these various recommendations.”
“Wa’ad will attend the coming hearing session of the High Administrative Court,” Al-Mousawi said, “as soon as it is officially informed and receives the letter of allegations and lawsuit. Wa’ad will respond with its own legal defense to the allegations brought forward by the Minister of Justice in this regard.”