The Long Scenario of Death
2017-01-19 - 5:32 p
Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Last Sunday (January 15, 2017) was a witness to the peak of the long scenario of sadism, psychological torture and abuse. From the slow murder, slander, showcase of the bodies of the three slain Bahrainis in a massive convoy to the imposing of the burial place on the families of the executed Bahrainis, it is all a tragic scenario made to appease more than one dictator.
Last weekend, this dark dreadful scenario was overshadowed by the voices of the martyrs' families and the Bahraini people who took to the streets to make a statement- to show that the world has no ears, friends are rare, very rare and enemies are numerous.
Late Friday, information emerged through social media about the eminent danger that the three political prisoners face, who were convicted of killing an Emirati officer and two policemen. There were many speculations and rumors circulating, which incited terror in the hearts of the prisoners' families.
At 7:30 am, three Bahraini families received a phone call. Sami Mushaima's family were informed that they have an unscheduled visit with their imprisoned son at 1:30 pm. Abbas Al-Samie's family were told that they have a visit with Abbas only and not his other detained brothers at 2 pm, while Ali Al-Singace's family were informed that they have a visit at 3 pm.
Fear and anxiety begin to eat up their hearts terrified of what's to come. Their families went and returned one after the other. What was shocking is that the prisoners themselves were surprised about this sudden visit as well.
The families headed to their loved ones holding on to a thread of hope, but returned humiliated by the degrading body searches that they were exposed to twice at Jaw Central Prison. What is even more painful and saddening is that these families knew that they were bidding their final farewells to their dear sons. Their beloved ones will be led to their deaths and their lives shall be taken oppressively.
It was a long night, not only the families of Mushaima, Al-Samie and Al-Singace, but also thousands of Bahrainis could not sleep a wink. At 10 pm that night, the Salafist MP Khalid Al-Maloud announced that "it is done", and then the head of the Prime Minister's office declared in a very childish way that the execution has been carried out. A group of paid "Tweeters" later launched a series of malicious tweets.
Thereafter it was announced that Al-Hoora cemetery was cordoned off and the manager of the cemetery summoned. A few hours in and everyone had acknowledged that it was only a matter of time when the regime will announce that the three innocent prisoners were executed.
At exactly 9:50 am the next morning on January 15, 2017, the head of the Terrorist Crimes Prosecution Ahmad Al-Hammadi announced that the execution was carried out since the sentence was "final and conclusive". He; however, did not reveal the detailed procedures leading up to the execution, including King Hamad bin Isa's signature on the execution order. The authorities carried out their crime at dawn. What's certain is that the family of the Emirati officer Tariq Al-Shehi visited Bahrain, yet it is unknown whether they attended the execution. The sensible question would be: Why bring them to Bahrain? Was it done to fulfill their desire for revenge and their urge to gloat, as the head of the Al-Shehi family vowed on March 16, 2014, during his meeting with the defendants, that they will get the punishment they deserve.
Briefly after Al-Hammadi unveiled the news, photos of a massive security convoy parading from the south of the country to the capital were circulated. The convoy included what seemed to be a military ambulance. The vehicles parked at the Mahooz cemetery. The families of the executed detainees received phone calls: Come to Al-Mahooz cemetery. The families of the three political prisoners, who had become martyrs at daybreak, refused to do so at first.
Sorrow invaded the scene in Bahrain, thousands wept at this tragedy. The families of the martyrs eventually headed to the cemetery and demonstrated exceptional courage standing among the crowds of mercenaries and intelligence officers. The bodies of the martyrs were handed over one at a time.
The first was martyr Sami Mushaima. It was not long before his photos were circulated all over social media, as the family prepared their cameras to show the world this heinous crime- four gunshots to the heart.
The words of Mushaima's mother pierced like bullets when asked if she had anything to say. "I declare what Lady Zainab declared ‘I saw nothing but beauty.' I shall seek retribution from the King for my son's blood."
The second was the body of the young 21-year-old martyr Ali Al-Singace. The atmosphere became even gloomier- another four bullets to the heart. His father screamed in pain at the sight of his son, yet he did not miss this opportunity to send a message. He pulled himself together on camera and addressed his younger son while pointing at his slain son's body: "Look at your brother. He is now a martyr. Look at the bullet wounds in his heart. Look my son."
The final body was Abbas Al-Samie's and alike the other martyrs, there were four wounds in his heart.
His mother fearlessly addressed the regime security and intelligence forces there, "Four of my sons are behind bars and one of them has become a martyr. Listen to me, I am ready to sacrifice even more!"
Moneer Mushaima, Sami Mushaima's brother, was arrested while he was on his way out of the cemetery. His "crime" is that at the moment he received the tragic news, as he was crying and beating his chest mourning his brother, he "wished ill upon the king who killed his brother."
After sunset, the process of burying the three martyrs came to an end. The families headed back to the village of Sanabes, while thousands marched through the streets, chanting anti-regime slogans and calling for the downfall of King Hamad, who signed the execution order, thus becoming a murderer.
Violence was the only response, as security forces cracked down on the protestors who took to the streets across the island kingdom, using shotgun pellets and toxic tear gas. As a result, many demonstrators were injured. No official statements were made amid government silence.
On the international level, silence prevailed from the White house in Washington to New York where the new UN secretary general resides, reaching to the UK whose response to the execution included no condemnation. The European Union also did not release a condemnation. Similarly, the Arab scene was quiet. Most; however, condoned the act yet remained silent. Nonetheless, Iran denounced the crime, as did Iraq, Hezbollah, the deputy of the Supreme Shiite Council in Lebanon, head of the Iraqi Parliament's State of Law Coalition Nouri Al-Maliki, and the political council of Ansarullah in Yemen. No official group or society in Bahrain; however, dared to condemn the execution.
January 15, 2017 had a bloody beginning and ended with immense heartache. Perhaps the Bahraini people should now be more concerned about the rest of the political prisoners sentenced to death.
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