Ebrahim Sharif reportedly hospitalized

On April 17th 2011, Ebrahim Sharif’s family was informed  that Ebrahim had been admitted to the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital (BDF). It was said that Ebrahim Sharif had been admitted on Sunday, April 10th, however, nothing was confirmed due to lack of communication on the government’s part. A patient at BDF claimed that he saw another patient and recognized him as Ebrahim Sharif, but when he called out to Ebrahim, he was immediately pushed away and Ebrahim was taken away by those accompanying him. This is Ebrahim’s second admittance to BDF during his detainment.

Ebrahim’s wife attempted to contact military officials in charge regarding visitation rights but received no reply. The family’s only contact with Ebrahim consisted of a 3-4 second phone call Ebrahim was allowed to make to his wife one week after his arrest. It has now been more than a month since Ebrahim’s arrest, and that incredibly short phone call remains the only form of contact Ebrahim was allowed to make with his family.

His family knows nothing about his current physical well-being, noting that he was in good health prior to his arrest. Ebrahim’s family would like to communicate with Ebrahim through official government channels immediately, as they fear for his safety, his health, and his life.

Circulating reports of police brutality in Bahraini prisons as well as implementation of torture and brutality in Bahraini prisons in the recent past are more than enough to keep his children, who are all abroad, worried for their father’s life.

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