Bahrain charges 20 with abuse of protesters

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Posted: Nov 21, 2011 9:49 AM
Bahrain charges 20 with abuse of protesters

Authorities in Bahrain say prosecutors have charged 20 members of the security forces for alleged abuse of protesters during a Shiite-led uprising against the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers.

Bahrain's Information Affairs Authority says a government probe has shown that there have been "instances of excessive force and mistreatment of detainees" during months of protests and crackdowns.

A statement by the IAA Monday said that 20 prosecutions had been filed.

At least 35 people have died since February when Bahrain's Shiite majority started campaigning for greater rights in the island nation, the home of U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.