x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Bahrain prison care questioned after inmate’s death

Lawyer says Bahraini prisoner who died was denied adequate medical care, a claim denied by authorities.

MANAMA // The lawyer of a Bahraini prisoner who died after being transferred to a hospital is claiming authorities waited too long to provide medical treatment and ignored his deteriorating health, claims officials have denied.

The dispute is likely to bring calls for greater scrutiny on prison conditions in the country.

Lawyer Zainab Abdulaziz said officials did not properly care for Yousef Ali Al Nashmi, arrested in August as part of crackdowns following a wave of protests. She said Al Nashmi was in a coma when he was finally hospitalised on September 23. He died on Friday.

Bahrain’s public prosecutor’s office said early Saturday that Al Nashmi died of HIV-linked problems and had been scheduled to be released.