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Bahrain says ‘sabotage’ detainee dies in police custody

Interior Ministry gives no details on cause of death for man held over alleged acts of sabotage

Bahrain says ‘sabotage’ detainee dies in police custody
A flashback to the Bahrain uprisings in 2011

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said on Thursday that a man
detained by police over "acts of sabotage" died in hospital while in
custody, without elaborating on the cause of death.

On its Twitter feed, the ministry said the public
prosecutor's office had been informed of the death. It gave no further details.

Bahrain last year crushed protests led by its Shi'ite Muslim
majority demanding an end to sectarian discrimination and limits to the
authority of the Sunni ruling family, relying in part on backing from troops
from fellow Sunni-led Gulf monarchies.

More than a thousand people were detained in the crackdown,
at least four of whom died in official custody. An inquiry Bahrain commissioned
into the protests and government crackdown found systematic abuse of detainees,
including torture.

The ministry said last month it would begin recording the
questioning of detainees in line with the recommendations of the inquiry, which
also disputed Bahrain's claim that the protests were fomented by Iran through
its Shi'ite coreligionists.

Washington, which bases its Fifth Fleet on the Gulf island,
has linked a $53m arms sale to the kingdom's response to the inquiry.

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