Police stormed the Bahraini Embassy in London on Friday night after a dissident climbed onto the roof in a desperate plea to save the lives of tw
Police stormed the Bahraini Embassy in London on Friday night after a dissident climbed onto the roof in a desperate plea to save the lives of two men executed hours later after allegedly confessing to terrorism offences under torture.
Moosa Mohamed could be heard shouting ‘Boris Johnson wake up, prime minister, wake up’ as supporters gathered and demonstrated in Belgrave Square below, at 10.30pm on Friday.
He unfurled a banner reading: ‘I am risking my life to save two men about to be executed in the next few hours. Boris Johnson act now!’
Mr Mohamed vowed not to leave the roof until Mr Johnson contacted the King of Bahrain to stop the executions, which nonetheless went ahead on Saturday morning.
Moosa Mohamed managed to unfurl a banner from the rooftop of the Bahraini Embassy before being dragged away by security and arrested
He was seen walking at the edge of the rooftop of the embassy in Belgrave Square on Friday
Moosa Mohamed caught the attention of the crowd from the rooftop then unfurled his banner
On Twitter he posted a close-up picture of the home-made banner he unfurled from the roof
London Fire Brigade and Met Police officers entered the building and Mohamed was arrested
Police facilitated the demonstration before panic broke out when a second figure was seen on the roof – activist groups have alleged embassy bodyguards beat the protestor and even tried to throw him off the roof.
Mr Mohamed was on the embassy rooftop to demand a stop to the imminent execution of two torture victims, Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali.
But within hours a Bahraini firing squad had shot dead both men after they were convicted on terror charges, despite international appeals for clemency amid concerns the pair did not receive a fair trial and were coerced into making confessions through torture.
Bahraini Attorney General Ahmed al-Hammadi said in a statement on Saturday that the men, who were not identified, were involved in ‘terrorist’ operations that killed a security officer, among other charges.
Rights groups identified the pair as Ali al-Arab, 25, and Ahmad al-Malali, 24.
He used social media channels to publicise his protest but the executions went ahead
The two men, arrested separately in February 2017, were convicted in January 2018 in a mass trial of 60 people.
Both were allegedly subjected to torture, as well as having been prevented from attending their trial and sentenced to death in absentia, al Jazeera reported.
The executions came hours after Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, appealed to Bahrain’s government to stop the executions of al-Arab and al-Malali.
‘The authorities in Bahrain must immediately halt any plans to execute these men, annul the death sentences against them and ensure they are retried in accordance with international law and standards,’ Callamard said in a statement on Friday.
‘Capital punishment may only be carried out for the most serious crimes and after a legal process which has included all possible safeguards aimed at ensuring a fair trial.’
Human rights groups also called for the halting of the executions.
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, said on Friday.’If the Bahraini authorities go through with these executions it would be an utterly shameful show of contempt for human rights.
‘[The death penalty’s] use is appalling in all circumstances, but it is all the more shocking when it is imposed after an unfair trial in which the defendants were tortured to ‘confess’.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the Bahrain embassy at 10.45pm on Friday to reports of a man on the roof.
‘Officers and London Fire Brigade attended.
‘Upon hearing a disturbance on the roof, officers entered the building and detained the man. Security staff were also present.
‘The man was arrested for trespass on a diplomatic premises. He is currently in police custody.’
The protestor wanted Boris Johnson to ask the King of Bahrain, pictured, to stay the executions
UN Special Rapporteur into extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard called on Bahrain to ‘immediately halt any plans to execute these men, annul the death sentences against them and ensure they are retried in accordance with international law and standards’
The Embassy in a statement said a man was arrested ‘for trespassing on diplomatic premises as a result of an unauthorised intrusion on the roof of the embassy.’;
It said police were called by embassy staff and arrested the man, who was previously arrested for the same offence in 2012.
It claimed the man was there ‘in support of known members of terrorist organizations’.
‘The individual was threatening to jump off the roof and Embassy staff stepped in to restrain him for his own safety’.
Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, Director of Advocacy Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy: ‘I spoke to Moosa after his release from custody, who provided harrowing details about what happened on the embassy rooftop.
‘We are certainly going to make a complaint to the Met police that this was a criminal act. We’re speaking to a lawyer today.’
He said his advocacy group would be calling for the expulsion of the ambassador, stating that ‘the embassy must be held accountable for what happened.’