Bahrain has approved trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
A writer and political columnist believes that approval of this measure by Bahrain's parliament is an indication that the Al Khalifah regime is in “a dire situation” and is unable to “retain” the security and stability in the country.
“What is the difference if you are sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court or a civilian court? What matters here is the fact that the regime is desperate, that after six years of revolution it finds itself forced to take those measures that are repressive and are defined by others as being against the spirit of the civil law, and also it does not indicate a stable situation in the country,” Saeed Shehabi told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.
He noted that the revolution in Bahrain has continued unabated,” adding that it has been “peaceful” and “consistent in its demands.”
“This is why the regime does not want the media to reflect on what is going on,” in the country, because the counterrevolutionary forces want the world to believe that they have defeated the revolution in Bahrain, the analyst said.
Shehabi further asserted that no journalists or human rights organizations are allowed to enter Bahrain in an attempt to keep the news of the revolution away from the mainstream media.
According to the analyst, the Al Khalifah regime has not been able to contain the popular uprising, which began in 2011, despite all its repressive measures.