Bahrain court adjourns medical personnel trials

AP , Sunday 28 Aug 2011

Bahraini security court adjourns trials of 20 doctors and nurses charged with helping anti-regime protesters

A special security court holding the trials of 20 doctors and nurses accused of links to anti-government protests is giving defense attorneys more time to prepare their cases.

The court on Sunday adjourned until 7 September to begin hearing defence witnesses. The doctors and nurses are among more than 45 medical personnel facing charges from the Shiite-led protests for greater rights in the Gulf island kingdom.

Bahrain's use of the security court, which includes military and civilian judges, has been strongly criticized by rights groups.

Hundreds of people have been detained since protests began in February. Bahrain's majority Shiites are demanding Sunni rulers ease their grip on power.

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