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Statement from Govt of Bahrain

This was the only statement released by the Bahraini government following the arrest of Ebrahim Sharif and the other opposition leaders who were detained on March 17. The statement was released through the state-owned Bahrain News Agency.

Bahrain News Agency: “And those who do wrong will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned.” March 17, 2011:

Manama, March 17 (BNA) — The General Command of the Bahrain Defence Force announces that, under the powers vested in it to implement the provisions of Decree 18/2011 on the declaration of the State of National Safety, several leaders of the sedition ring who had called for the downfall of the regime and had intelligence contacts with foreign countries were arrested on 17 March 2011.
The leaders had also incited during the recent incidents for the killing of citizens and the destruction of public and private property, resulting in the undermining of the social peace, the loss of innocent lives and the terrorizing of citizens and residents.

The General Command of the Bahrain Defence Force will take all necessary legal measures against the leaders in accordance with the decree declaring the State of National Safety and the laws in the force in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Peace and God’s mercy and blessing be upon you

An account of Ebrahim Sharif’s arrest

This is an account of Ebrahim Sharif’s arrest on March 17, 2011, provided by his daughter Yara Alsayed. It was earlier published on Jadaliyya.

1:50 AM bell rings at Ebrahim Sharif’s residence. There are a lot of boys/men outside. My mother assumes they are um-alhassam boys/men who trashed the um-alhassam National Democratic Action Society (Wa3d) branch with Molotov cocktail bombs less than 20 hours ago .

Their faces are covered (mulathimeen). No indication that they are police from what they are wearing. After a while, they noticed men wearing all black. Mother says they assumed they were just thugs at first.

Parents came down to address the situation (Ebrahim Sharif and wife). As soon as we stepped out of the door they noticed one of the boys/men climbing the fence (shiga7 ilsoor). One of them was trying to open garage door after hopping the fence (not really a fence, more of a cement barrier…you know what I mean).

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