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Three high-ranking prison officials suspended over jailbreak

Move was made as part of an investigation into the attack on Jaw prison which saw a policeman killed and several inmates freed

Three high-ranking prison officials suspended over jailbreak
Bahraini Interior Minister Lt-General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah bin Ahmad Al Khalifa. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

Three high-ranking prison officials were suspended Wednesday following an armed attack on a prison in Bahrain that saw a policeman killed and several convicted inmates freed.

The decision was made by Interior Minister Lt-General Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa as part of an investigation into the circumstances of what the ministry described as a “terrorist attack” on the Jaw Reformation and Rehabilitation Centre on January 1, local media reported.

Al Khalifa ordered the suspension of the General Director of Reformation and Rehabilitation, Head of Reformation and Rehabilitation and Director of Security and Protection of Jaw Prison and referred to the Public Prosecution affiliated to the Courts Directorate of the Interior Ministry.

Thousands of mainly Shi’ite Muslim Bahrainis are in jail on charges ranging from protesting discrimination by the minority Sunni-led monarchy to carrying armed attacks on security forces.

In January, a Bahraini court sentenced 57 men to 15 years in jail for taking part in a 2015 riot inside Jau prison located in the capital Manama. Bahraini security forces tear-gassed and beat inmates at the prison while trying to control clashes that erupted during family visits, local human rights group Bahrain Youth Society said at the time.