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F1 and History of Western Complicity in Bahrain Torture

Ian Henderson died a few days ago, finally.

Ian Henderson, the 'Butcher of Baharain'
Ian Henderson, the 'Butcher of Baharain'

(LONDON) - As Formula I begins in Bahrain, in an attempt to normalise the al-Khalifa regime, it is worth remembering that Western, and particularly British complicity in torture and repression in Bahrain goes back a long way.

Ian Henderson, the 'Butcher of Bahrain," died on Sunday 14th April 2013 having escaped justice, never having been questioned.

He headed the security division of Bahrain's Interior Ministry for several decades. He personally involved himself in the torture process according to countless accounts.

The Bahrain Human Rights Centre reports that a crackdown is intensifying ahead of this weekend’s racing.

Former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates is currently overseeing the “reform” of the Bahrain security services.

This means hope for future human rights investigations, and independent and rigorous investigation of human rights abuses.

Here is a film from Carlton called “Blind Eye to the Butcher” from 2002:

Human rights investigations
independent and rigorous investigation of human rights abuses
April 19, 2013

Special thanks to Silvia Cattori


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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.