A TEENAGER convicted of luring his best friend to a gang that tortured and killed him was reportedly unaware of the plot, his defence lawyer claimed in court.
Four Bahrainis have been convicted of accusing Ahmed Musa, aged 17, of being a police informant and kidnapping him near the home of opposition spiritual leader Shaikh Isa Qassim when he accompanied his friend to Duraz on October 4 in 2016.
Two of them were sentenced to 25 years each in prison for torture, abduction and theft by the High Criminal Court, while a 19-year-old and the victim’s friend, aged 18, were sentenced to five years and three years respectively for aiding and abetting.
All four defendants have lodged an appeal at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court, where defence lawyer Zainab Ebrahim yesterday argued that her 18-year-old client did in fact lure the victim to Duraz but he was not aware of the plan to torture and kill him.
“They were best friends, so why would my client help others to kill him?” Ms Ebrahim asked in court yesterday.
“They were listening to a preacher in Duraz when a gang approached the victim and asked to speak to him.
“My client did not know that they were going to torture and kill him.
“The victim initially refused to go with them but he agreed when they insisted.
“My client was told by the others that they suspected the victim of being a police informant and that they were only going to talk to him.
“He had no idea that they were going to kill his best friend, otherwise he would not have helped them by going with the victim to Duraz as he was instructed.”
The appeal hearing was adjourned to September 25 for a ruling.
The GDN previously reported that a medical examiner’s report, attached to case files, stated that the victim suffered injuries to his brain, lungs, chest, back, abdomen, legs and hands.
One of the defendants previously told prosecutors that he was assigned to keep a lookout while his friends tortured Mr Musa.
After being found lying injured in the street, the Bahraini was admitted to Salmaniya Medical Complex where he slipped into a coma and died a month later on November 4, 2016.