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Ebrahim Sharif : My message to the court
Categary : إبراهيم شريف

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ابراهيم السيد 2016-02-23 08:56:32




 

 

(1)  The speech on which the accusations were based does not contain any statement that maligns or slanders the government. Neither does it contain a call to overthrow the regime. Violence is rejected, both as a matter of moral principles and as a matter of political choice. There is no dispute on the bases of governanceas defined by the Constitution. Our demands are a constitutional monarchy similar to prestigious democracies, exactly as was stated in the National Action Charter. Change is inevitable in life, and calling for change is not a crime punishable by law. We need a flowing river of government programs, of people, of policies, and of governments instead of a stagnant swamp that collects waste and hosts disease. We need a free market of ideas and not a monopoly selling only one.

 

(2) "Love is my religion and my faith," as Ibn Arabi said, so there is no space in my heart for malice or hatred, and it is not reasonable to accuse me with contempt for what I want to fix.The mission of reform - like a prayer - is only for the pure (devoid of hatred). Honoring the martyrs and victims of our citizens, civilians and security men, and understanding the pain of other people and their legitimate dreams are important for the achievement of national reconciliation. It is not a crime punishable by law.

 

(3) Truth is not realized in vacuum; it is realized through its reflection in our souls and the souls of the others. Ten years ago, the government cared about the reflection of its image in the mirror of the others, especially those of the global media and international and human rights institutions. However, as soon as circumstances changed and the mirrors reflected a different image, the government closed its doors to the media and to the international world, such as the special rapporteurs of the United Nations and others, thinking that this would block the light of the truth.

Truth is much more stubborn, however. The reports published by reputable international institutions persistently prove that what the opposition says is not fabricated or exaggerated. The well-renowned “Economist” magazine, in its publication of the Democracy Index has ranked Bahrain at 147 out of 167 countries, at the bottom of the index and close to the most authoritarian countries in the world. The “Freedom House” Index also classified Bahrain as a “not free” state with an average score of 6.5 out of 7.0, while “Reporters without Borders” ranked Bahrain at 163 out of 180 countries in its World-Press Freedom Index.

 

 

(4) This is not a trial for a crime committed. It is an attempt to criminalize an opinion guaranteed by Article (23) of the Constitution. This a trial against an opinion inverted from its meaning, its vocabulary taken out of context, and the intentions of its speaker determined based on an earlier court ruling. This is a trial that had deliberately cloaked the proofs of innocence in the same media appearances that the Prosecution witness had pointed to, firing serious accusations without evidence.

 

 

(5) We were all created different. The paths to truth are as numerous as the number of souls in this world, as the Sufis say. Neither the government nor the opposition can change this fact, and there will not be just one opposition, but several oppositions. Let us follow the words of Imam Shafi'i: “My opinion is right with the possibility of being wrong and your opinion is wrong with the possibility of it being right”. Let us all excuse the other instead of shoving each them into prison.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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