Bahrain now routinely tortures dissidents—with help from Western broadband giant Nokia Siemens

Torture in Bahrain Becomes Routine With Help From Nokia Siemens
By Vernon Silver and Ben Elgin – Aug 22, 2011 6:01 PM ET
Bloomberg Markets Magazine

First, Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist in a windowless room two stories below ground in the Persian Gulf kingdom’s National Security Apparatus building. Then, they dragged him upstairs for questioning by a uniformed officer armed with another kind of weapon: transcripts of his text messages and details from personal mobile phone conversations, he says.

If he refused to sufficiently explain his communications, he was sent back for more beatings, says Al Khanjar, who was detained from August 2010 to February.

“It was amazing,” he says of the messages they obtained. “How did they know about these?”

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