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Husband dismisses suspect's rape allegations

Bahrain NSA reiterates commitment to rule of law


Dubai: The husband of a woman on trial in Bahrain in a terror-related case has told the National Security Agency (NSA) that he had been very upset with the allegations that his wife had been raped.

At a meeting with NSA Inspector-General Mohammad Rashid Abdullah Al Rumaihi, the husband said that his wife, Bahraini national Ebtisam Al Saegh, “had not mentioned to him the rape allegations at any point.”

The meeting was held in view of media reports raising concern about the condition of Al Saegh and to find out the truth behind them, although no official complaint has been filed in this regard, the NSA said.

Council of Representatives First Deputy Speaker, Ali Al Aradi, and Member Khalid Al Shaer attended the meeting.

“The responsibilities of the Inspector-General’s office included receiving and investigating abuse cases,” Al Rumaihi said.

Such cases, if proven, are addressed firmly and transparently and the principles of reward and punishment are followed strictly.

The necessary steps are taken to ensure the security and safety of the complainants and their families, he added.

According to the statement, Al Rumaihi stressed that “while the NSA had the right to take legal action against those behind any baseless allegation, the Public Prosecution is the investigating body and people with evidence should submit whatever they have to it, instead of posting allegations on websites and on social media, which is in itself a crime punishable under Article 364 and 365 of the Penal Code that stipulates a jail term and a fine when it is committed against a public employee during or related to his work.”

“In view of its legal authority and supervisory responsibilities, the NSA is dedicated to enforcing justice and the rule of law and protecting human rights based on the Constitution and the laws. The Kingdom’s Constitution and laws penalise the abuse of any individual.”