Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are set to be installed in Police interrogation rooms across Bahrain in a bid to prevent human rights violations.
They will also be used to expose false allegations made against Officers, said Public Security Chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan.
The high-tech equipment will also be installed at the Public Prosecution within two months.
“The video and audio recording in interview rooms will be installed by August and that would help in investigating alleged cases of mistreatment,” Al Hassan said during a Press conference to announce the progress of recommendations included in last year's Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report.
Miami Supercop John Timoney and Interior Ministry Assistant Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs Brigadier Mohammed Rashid Bu Hamood were also present at the event held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa on Tuesday.
Major-General Al Hassan discussed the establishment of an Internal Affairs Department and an independent ombudsman at the Ministry to improve transparency and accountability.
“We have agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the International Committee for the Red Cross to access detention facilities to inspect them,” he said.
He said the Ministry did not have a new policy for authorized protests, adding rallies are approved based on threat assessment, road blockage and other factors.
Progress has also been made in recruiting Policemen and women from all sectors of society.
“The process of recruitment of 500 Police personnel from all sects is still going on,” said Major-General Al Hassan.
Meanwhile, Timoney said investigations were underway into allegations that suspects were tortured in secret locations before being taken to Police stations.
“We have received complaints from human rights groups that some people were taken to a secret location before the Police station,” he said.
Source: TradeArabia News