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Duaa Alwadaei

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL13126, tabled on 24 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 June 2018 (HL8318), whether they will correct their statement that Duaa Alwadaei was tried in absentia in Bahrain on charges of assault, following the report by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its eighty-second session, 20–24 August 2018, published on 7 January, which states, in paragraph 61, that the government of Bahrain described her charge as insulting a public official.

Answered on

4 February 2019

Duaa Alwadaei was charged with the (verbal) assault of a police officer and tried in absentia after failing to attend court. British Embassy Officials attended the hearing where the charges were read. The charge of assault has also been confirmed in public statements from the Government of Bahrain.