Mohamed Hassan

Mohamed Hassan

Location: Sitra, Bahrain
0° 0' 0" N, 0° 0' 0" E

Mohammed Hassan, an independent Bahraini blogger and author for Global Voices Online, was arrested and taken from his family's home in Sitra on the morning of July 31. Police seized his cell phone and computer, but did not present a warrant for his arrest or for the search and seizure of his possessions. Hassan, known as Safy in the blogosphere, has been writing about politics and and human rights in Bahrain since 2007. He has reportedly been accused of “promoting a forced change of the regime.” It is believed that the arrest of Hassan (and others) is part of the regime's crackdown against planned August 14 August protests to call for freedom, justice, and change. His lawyer, Abdulaziz Mousa, was arrested one week later.

On 7 August, for the first time, he was able to access legal representation, and was further charged with “operating accounts that call for changing the regime”, “inciting hatred of the regime” and “calling to disobey the law”. Mohamed Hassan remains in detention at El-Hod El-Gaf prison for a period of 45 days pending an investigation.

After meeting with his lawyer on the 7th, Hassan's lawyer reported that Hassan had shown visible signs of torture, confirming previous reports that Hassan had been tortured while in custody.

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