Bahrain princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa charged with torture of pro-democracy activists
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A princess in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain has been charged with the torture of pro-democratic activists while they were in detention during the 2011 uprising. Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, who works in Bahrain's Drugs Control Unit, has been accused with another officer of torturing two doctors and brothers, Ghassan and Bassem Daif, who worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex.
The two doctors were among medical staff from the facility who were arrested and detained because they had helped injured protesters after security police had used force to disperse them. The princess, who has denied the charges, has also been accused of torturing 21-year-old Ayad al-Qurmazi, who was arrested in 2011 after she publicly read out poetry that criticised the ruling family. Alleging that she was detained and tortured for nine days, al-Qurmazi said she does not regret taking Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa to court, even though she was the target of online threats and abuses. Many protesters were detained by Bahrain''s ruling family during the popular uprising that began in February 2011 over a demand for democratic reforms