Accused of fabricating photographs of injuries received by a man who died while in state detention Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has been called to appear before the “Military Public Prosecutor.” According to the Gulf Daily News a newspaper closely associated with the Al-Kalifa absolute monarchy in Bahrain.
MANAMA: Activist Nabeel Rajab will appear before the Military Public Prosecutor accused of tampering with photos of Ali Isa Sager, who died on Saturday.
“Nabeel Rajab has posted photos of Ali Isa Sager on his Twitter page, different from the ones authorised by the legal examiner,” the Interior Ministry assistant under-secretary for legal affairs said last night.
A seemingly indefatigable campaigner for human rights causes in his country the BCHR describes Rajab as an activist at risk in his own country
Nabeel Rajab President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and vice Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Arrested briefly and beaten on 20 March. Banned from travel to Geneva to attend a human rights meeting his communications is cut. He was harassed again on 30 March while interviewed by CNN crew at his house. [Click on Highlighted text for a list of BHCR “activists at risk]
The Guardian reported Rajab as saying
“They want to do their crimes in secret,” Rajab said. “I am one of the few human rights activists who has not yet been arrested and the government wants to silence me and prevent me from doing my work.”
and gave further details on the situation in an article posted on their website today. [Follow Link for Guardian UK article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/11/bahrain-human-rights-activist-accused]
Rajab’s Twitter Feed issued the following statement.
Government lying by saying I have fabricated the pictures but my crime is that I am showing the world their Crimes against humanity
Interestingly, there does not seem to be any dispute as to whether the individual involved died while in custody of state security forces, but only as to whether or not the photographs showing his wounds are accurate.