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Doctors and Tyrants

By Dr. Lucas Restrepo
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Dr. Ali Al-Ekri, pediatric orthopedic surgeon — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Nader Diwani, pediatrician — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Ahmed Abdulaziz Omran Hassan — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Mahmoud Asghar, pediatric surgeon — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Rula Al-Saffar, Head of Nursing, Salmaniya Medical Complex — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al-Oraibi, rheumatologist — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Ghassan Dhaif, maxillofacial surgeon — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Bassim Dhaif, orthopedic surgeon — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Nada Dhaif, dentist — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Sayed Marhoon Al-Wedaie, Director of Paramedics and Ambulances — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Fatima Haji, rheumatologist — sentenced to 5 years in prison

Dr. Najah Khalil, consultant, family physician, Deputy Chief of Medical Services for Primary Health Care — sentenced to 5 years in prison

Dr. Saeed Al-Samahiji, ophthalmologist — sentenced to 10 years in prison

Dr. Zahra Al-Sammak, anesthesia consultant — sentenced to 5 years in prison

Ali Hassan Al-Sadadi — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Dr. Hassan Mohammed Nasser Al-Toblani, head of ICU — sentenced to 10 years in prison

Deya Ebrahim Jaffer, nurse — sentenced to 5 years in prison

Dr. Qassim Mohammed Omran — sentenced to 15 years in prison

Mohammed Faeq Ali Al-Shehab, lab technician — sentenced to 5 years in prison

 A court in Bahrain convicted these physicians and hospital staff of “incitement to overthrow the regime.” In their own defense, the health professionals allege that their conduct was strictly professional: they aided injured people during the Arab spring and government crackdown, as was expected of them. They also allege being mistreated and tortured by local authorities.

An ethical conduct will always get a doctor in trouble.

Half a world away, this much I understand of the situation ― physicians and tyrants in Bahrain have one thing in common: clarity of purpose.

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