The Bahraini High Criminal Court held its session on Thursday, 12 November 2015 for the case filed by the Public Prosecution against Ebrahim Sharif. The session was dedicated for the hearing and interrogation of the prosecuting witness as requested by the Defence. After the hearing, the Defense presented documents to support refuting the charges, requested a postponement to present the its witnesses and requested the release of Sharif at any guarantee at the discretion of the court. At the conclusion of the session, the court decided to postpone the proceedings to hear testimonies by the two defense witnesses on 15 December 2015 and to continue the arrest of Sharif.
Following the court hearing, National Democratic Action Society (Waad) stressed that the continued trial against Ebrahim Sharif is unjustified, as it is a case of freedom of expression; an inherent right protected by the National Charter, the Constitution and all related international conventions and treaties, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international covenants on civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights.
Waad stated that the accusations made against Sharif are not based on legal nor constitutional grounds, as all statements made by him shortly after his release are in the benefit of public interest and call for to change current affairs towards real reform and democracy, so as to enhance Bahrain’s position locally, regionally and internationally. He is strongly committed to peaceful means to achieve legitimate demands away from any forms of violence. These statements do not differ from the content of the electoral program calling for democratic change, as launched by Sharif and his fellow Waad candidates.
Waad demanded the immediate release of Ebrahim Sharif as a prisoner of conscience, supported and confirmed by all international human rights organizations, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council, of which 37 member countries called for the need to release all prisoners of conscience, including Ebrahim Sharif as well as political and human rights leaders.
Waad considered that the continued detention of Sharif increase the complexity of the political and security landscape at a time when Bahrain needs brave and bold initiatives towards releasing all prisoners of conscience detained during the crippling political crisis that has been ongoing for more than four years and to initiate a serious dialogue to end the current crisis.
National Democratic Action Society "Waad"
13 November 2015