Bahrain policeman held over 'slap' video

2012-12-25 18:11
Bahrain police (Picture: AFP)

Bahrain police (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dubai - A policeman in Bahrain has been arrested after a video showing him hitting a resident of a Shi'ite village was posted online, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

"The video shows the policeman slapping a citizen in Aali, a local village, on December 23rd, 2012," the ministry said in a statement, adding that the officer was detained on Monday.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable for any police officer and ... a legal investigation has been launched. The case was then referred to the police court," the statement added.

It said the arrest follows Bahrain's "keenness to equally subject all those who violate human rights to the just penalty, as seen fit by the court of law".

Al-Wefaq, the main opposition grouping in the tiny Gulf kingdom, denounced the incident, saying the policeman "slapped the citizen and insulted him."

In the face of such repeated incidents, the people "stick to their legitimate demands... for democratic reforms" in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, it warned.

Since February last year, Bahrain has been shaken by Shi'ite-led opposition protests that the authorities accuse of being exploited by Shi'ite Iran across the Gulf.

At least 80 people have died since the start of the unrest in February 2011, according to the International Federation of Human Rights.

The opposition insists that the premier stand down and that the government be headed by the leader of the elected majority in parliament.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    bahrain  |  bahrain protests
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Byrne: Israel Folau a 'freak'
LIVE: New Zealand 14-3 Tonga
England World Cup coaches barred
Lancaster comes out guns blazing

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.