Bahrain's Attorney-General Ali Fadhel Al Buainain formally charged seven Interior Ministry policemen of torturing doctors during anti-government demonstrations staged in the spring of 2011, authorities said Monday (September 17th) in a statement.
Two of the seven defendants have been referred to the High Criminal Court over the "use of torture and threats against six medic detainees, for the purpose of forcing a confession," the statement said.
Fifteen doctors and five nurses working at al-Salmaniya Hospital in Manama and accused of supporting the protest movement said they were tortured during their arrests.
On August 6th, special investigation unit head Nawaf Hamza said his unit started investigating complaints filed by some medical crew members in al-Salmaniya, the main government hospital in Bahrain.
The complaints alleged that [the medical staff] was "exposed to different forms of abuse, or harsh treatment, during the criminal proceedings they went through last year".
The trial is scheduled to start on October 1st.