Bahrain to beef up London Embassy security

Senior official says all embassies abroad to take precautionary steps following UK protest
Bahrain to beef up London Embassy security
A man waves a Bahraini national flag from the top of the Bahraini Embassy in central London on April 16, 2012 during a protest over the imprisonment of political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 18 Apr 2012 06:13 PM

Bahrain is set to increase security at its Embassy in London after two protesters climbed on to its roof earlier this month.

Adbullah Abdullatif, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador said the Gulf kingdom had also advised all its embassies abroad to "adopt necessary precautionary steps to ensure protection".

His comments came after the two protesters who unfurled banners on top of the Embassy in support of a hunger striker, were brought down.

A banner draped over the building carried pictures of hunger striking human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and senior Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mushaima.

The area where the Bahrain Embassy is located also has seven or eight other embassies and the British government has agreed to ensure the security in this area is beefed up, said Abdullatif.

The rooftop incident was diffused following negotiations between the protesters and the London Metropolitan Police.

“The Bahrain authorities refrained from forcing any decisions on any of the British authorities. The two were then taken into custody. We will follow the case in detail,” Abdullatif added.

The undersecretary commended the efforts of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom and that of the British government in "solving the muddle without much delay".

He told the Bahrain News Agency that the government was taking all possible measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents in the future.

Asked if the two protester would be extradited to Bahrain to be tried, he said Bahrain respected the sovereignty and sanctity of the British law and "no hasty decisions" would be made.

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