Bahrain's business group sacks two board members

Chamber of Commerce and Industry says action taken over involvement in recent uprisings
Bahrain's business group sacks two board members
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By Andy Sambidge
Wed 27 Apr 2011 08:42 PM

Bahrain's Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday said it had sacked two board members in connection with their involvement in the recent unrest in the kingdom.

The chamber held an extra-ordinary meeting, at which directors voted to oust board members Adel Hasan Alaali and Ebrahim Abdali Isa Aldaaysi, state news agency BNA reported.

In a statement issued following the meeting, the Board said that the decision was taken unanimously.

It added that the BCCI board "strongly rejects the membership of anyone found guilty in harming BCCI’s deep-rooted reputation" .

The board said investigations were still continuing adding that it will take "stringent measures" against those found involved in the recent uprisings that gripped the kingdom.

Separately, BNA reported that Bahrain has released 312 people detained during a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests, citing Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the president of the Information Affairs Authority.

He added that the detainees were either released for health reasons or after spending an appropriate time in detention.

Al Khalifa said that 62 cases of misdemeanour and 343 cases of felonies had been transferred to the courts.

He further said that 23 doctors and 23 nurses and care providers were being investigated and will be transferred to the court next week on charges of committing "atrocious crimes".

"It is highly deplorable that such crimes were perpetrated by people who called themselves doctors, nurses and noble practitioners. Regardless, they will all be provided with legal guarantees as stipulated by the Bahraini laws and international human rights standards," he said.

More than 800 people have been detained since the crackdown last month
and more than 25 are missing, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights
said in a statement on Wednesday.

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