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I previously commented, within the ongoing Bahrain tragedy and torment, that a young woman was arrested by the Bahraini Police after reciting a poem which was deeply critical of the Bahraini regime, as well as of the Latifa family who have dominated Bahrain political and commercial life for many decades; and how she was reported to be in a military hospital suffering from injuries inflicted by torture, or dead.

But we are castigated by a Sunday Times reader named Abbot, from Anglesey who states that we should put our own house in order before commenting upon others, as it was not too long ago that a British woman was arrested and convicted under British Anti-terrorism laws, for reading out the names of British soldiers killed in Iraq while she stood before the Cenotaph in Whitehall. (No link because of paywall)

Very true, Mr. Abbott, Maya Evans was arrested, cautioned and subsequently found guilty of a breach of the Serious and Organised Crimes Act, and rightly so; she knowingly broke the law, and was prepared to face the consequences. However, Miss Evans was treated with all courtesy, arrested by Metropolitan policemen who all come complete with identity numbers and warrant cards, bailed along with her fellow demonstrator, and then tried in open Court with a proper solicitor in attendance. She was not beaten up, carted off and further brutalised by hooded gangsters as was Ayat al-Gormezi. Miss Evans’ family knew precisely where she was at all times, because our systems of justice, despite being deeply flawed in many areas, give protection to the innocent until proven guilty, unlike Ayat al-Gormezi’s loved ones, who still do not know if she lives, or not!


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2 thoughts on “a slightly orderly house

  1. Mike

    The arrest and conviction of Maya Evans was not ‘rightly so’. If what she did was a breach of the ‘Serious and Organised Crimes Act’ then that act’s name should be challenged under the Trades descriptiosn laws. It was a petty shameful abuse of state power, however I do agree with your main point that it does not compare at all with the Bahraini abuse you describe.

  2. Mike, the conviction of Maya Evans still leaves a nasty taste in my mouth when you consider that all she did was to read out the names of British soldiers killed in Iraq. That this should be considered a breach of the ‘Serious and Organised Crimes Act’ would be laughable if it were not so serious. The woman did not deserve such vilification. It does not make me proud.

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