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Bahraini nurse ‘gave shelter to Jaw fugitives’

Bahrain News
Wed, 20 Sep 2017
By Noor Zahra
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HIGH-PROFILE inmates who escaped from Jaw prison at the beginning of the year were sheltered by a Bahraini nurse, who also treated one of them at a makeshift clinic set up in his home, a court heard.

The 24-year-old nurse is among 10 men, aged 20 to 40, now standing trial in the High Criminal Court for harbouring the escaped prisoners and those who orchestrated the jailbreak.

He has admitted treating one of the inmates who was accidentally shot by an accomplice who sprang him out of prison.

“I am a nurse and my friend told me he wanted me to shelter and treat several fugitives who escaped from Jaw Prison,” the nurse said in his statement to prosecutors.

“I agreed and provided them with food, water and a place to sleep before I treated one of the fugitives for his injuries.

“He was bleeding and I provided him with medical treatment from the supplies I had in my house.

“He said he was accidentally shot by one of his friends during their escape.

“I was later arrested and confessed to treating the fugitives and sheltering them in a makeshift clinic at my house.”

The GDN exclusively reported last month that one of the 10 inmates who escaped Jaw Prison on January 1 was mistakenly shot by an accomplice during the jailbreak.

Guards at Jaw Prison came under fire from men armed with automatic rifles in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Officer Abdulsalam Saif Ahmed was shot and killed, while another guard was injured during the escape – during which a drone was used to breach security.

The 10 inmates who escaped were all serving life sentences or more for terror-related offences.

Those accused of sheltering them are said to have assisted a plan for them to escape to Iran by sea.

“My investigations show the defendants sheltered the fugitives and provided them a boat to help them flee to Iran,” a police officer told prosecutors.

“My secret sources informed me about the defendants’ part in helping the fugitives.

“The defendants were arrested in connection with other cases, which is when I questioned them in connection with this case.

“They confessed to providing food, water and shelter to the fugitives.”

The trial has been adjourned until October 16 for prosecution witnesses to give evidence.

Two of the inmates and one of those involved in freeing them were killed during a shootout with police on February 9, as security services foiled an attempt to escape the country by boat to Iran.

Another five inmates who broke out of Jaw Prison and two who allegedly helped them were among seven arrested during the operation.

Those killed were Redha Al Ghasra, who had multiple convictions for attempted murder, terrorism, possessing and detonating explosives and possessing weapons; Mahmood Yousif Habib Hassan and Mustafa Yousif Ali.

noorz@gdn.com.bh

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