That detail mentioned in passing in the story below, but certainly deserves a wider hearing in the broader discussion of our undeclared war in Libya. “Bahrain hardliners to put Shia MPs on trial,” by Adrian Blomfield for the Telegraph, March 31 (thanks to Zulu):
The kingdom’s parliament effectively stripped 11 MPs from the Wefaq party — a quarter of the legislature’s sitting members — of their immunity from prosecution, signalling a further hardening of the ruling family”s position.
Western human rights activists also accused the regime of torturing wounded protesters being held in a hospital in the capital Manama.
Bahrain has declared martial law and called in troops from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to quell protests that have left at least 24 people dead.
Saudi officials say they gave their backing to Western air strikes on Libya in exchange for the United States muting its criticism of the authorities in Bahrain, a close ally of the desert kingdom.
Ali Salman, the Shiite opposition head has warned Iran and Saudi Arabia against using his country as a “battlefield” in a proxy war.
“We don’t want Bahrain to turn into a conflict zone between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he said. “That’s why we object to the Saudi intervention. We call for immediate withdrawal of the troops, and we reject Iranian interference.”