Bahrain says rights report shows five torture deaths

November 23, 2011 16:25

MANAMA - Bahrain said on Wednesday that a human rights investigation it commissioned over anti-government protests led by members of the majority Shi'ite Muslim population, and crushed by security forces, showed five detainees had died due to torture.

In a statement, Bahrain's government said the inquiry, which it funded and facilitated, also showed abuses were not a result of official policy.

"Regrettably the report confirms that there have been instances of excessive forces and mistreatment of detainees, as well as five deaths as a result of torture," it said, adding: "The report does not confirm that there was a government policy of torture, mistreatment or using excessive force."

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