UK trained hundreds of guards working at Bahrain’s death row jail: Report

Middle East Eye

Anti-death penalty charity report also highlights links with other repressive regimes, including EU-funded project in Egypt

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded training for hundreds of prison guards working at Bahrain’s death row jail, according to a new report by Reprieve, an anti-death penalty charity. The group also said that at least one innocent man faces imminent execution after being tortured into making a false confession.

A news release by Reprieve said: “Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO), a state-owned Belfast business, received almost a million pounds in UK taxpayer money last year for work with Bahrain’s interior ministry. “In 2015 more than a dozen NI-CO experts worked with Bahrain’s prison staff at jails where systematic torture took place, and trained as many as 400 guards who work at Jau, which holds prisoners awaiting execution.

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