A Bahraini youngster whose father is going through the demise penalty despatched a letter to Lewis Hamilton urging the seven-time Method 1 champion to make clear the case amid allegations of torture. Ahmed Ramadhan, 11, drew an image of Hamilton’s racecar pleading for assist: “Lewis, please save my father. “Once I was drawing the automotive, I felt hope that it’d save my father’s life,” the London-based advocacy group Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) quoted the kid as saying.
“I actually hope Lewis Hamilton delivers my message so my dad can come again house.”
Hamilton, who gained the Bahrain Grand Prix final month, confirmed in a press convention within the United Arab Emirates capital Saturday that he obtained the letter.
“I believe the saddest factor for me was that there is a younger man on demise row and it isn’t clear … and when his son writes me a letter it actually hits house,” he mentioned forward of the ultimate race within the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“I believe there’s undoubtedly work to be completed within the background and I undoubtedly will not let it go unnoticed.”
In July, Bahrain’s prime court docket upheld a demise sentence in opposition to Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa convicted of murdering a police officer in a bomb assault, following allegations that the conviction was primarily based on confessions extracted by torture.
The incident allegedly got here amid a wave of assaults in opposition to police and different violent incidents that erupted after mass avenue protests in 2011 demanded an elected prime minister and a constitutional monarchy in Bahrain.
The 2 accused are members of Muslim Sunni-ruled Bahrain’s Shiite neighborhood and had been first sentenced in late 2014.
Amnesty Worldwide has condemned the ruling and described the trial as “grossly unfair”.
Hamilton mentioned in the course of the convention he would have hoped to deal with the difficulty with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa however his an infection with coronavirus wouldn’t permit him.
“I might hoped… to sit down and tackle it with the crown prince, however I used to be bed-ridden for many of the week,” he mentioned.
Bahrain has claimed Iran educated and backed the demonstrators so as to topple the Manama authorities — an accusation Tehran denies.
The dominion rejects allegations of human rights violations and denies imposing discriminatory measures in opposition to its Shiite residents.
“When world champions like Lewis Hamilton select to talk out, lives can change endlessly,” mentioned Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of BIRD.
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