Electric shocks, beatings on the soles of the feet, stress positions during incommunicado detention: those who allow this type of torture can and must be held criminally liable – even abroad. On 13 September 2016, Bahrain-born British citizen Jaafar al-Hasabi submitted a criminal complaint to the District Court in Dublin (Ireland) against Bahraini Attorney General Ali Bin Fadhul al-Buainain concerning the Attorney General's role in the torture. The Court refused to allow the private prosecution, but investigations are ongoing after a separate complaint was lodged with the Irish police. The case was brought in Dublin was while al-Buainain was due to attend the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) annual conference held in Dublin from 11-16 September 2016.
ECCHR is supporting al-Hasabi, coordinating the legal steps and analyzing the responsibility of senior officials for severe human rights violations in Bahrain. This work is done in cooperation with London based organizations, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and REDRESS as well as GLAN (Global Legal Action Network) in Ireland and TRIAL International in Geneva. In September 2015, al-Hasabi submitted a criminal complaint to the prosecuting authorities in Berne (Switzerland). During that time al-Buainain was attending the annual IAP conference in Switzerland, where he was elected vice president of the organization.