Nabeel Rajab head of the now dissolved Bahrain Center for Human Rights was arrested and is facing criminal charges for posting photos of Ali Sager on his Twitter account. Sager died in police custody are himself being arrested alllegedly for trying to run over a policeman. He is one of two who police announced died in custody. The police claim Rajab's photos are fabricated.
Officials also issued two pictures they claimed were of the body showing what they claim was its original condition before he was turned over to his family. Rajab apparently thought he might be arrested. In his last Twitter post he said: 'Brothers, sisters, if I am arrested I call on you to intensify your efforts to fill the gap created by my absence - I am full of confidence in you and your belief in the righteousness of your cause.'
In an earlier report police has said that Sager had died on his way to the hospital after he had to be subdued using force because of unruly behavior.
At the hospital his body showed signs of severe beating on the chest, back and legs. A local morgue official noted his left arm was broken.
Saqer's family said that he had turned himself in a few days ago, after police raided the family home several times to arrest him.
Within six days three protesters have died while in police custody. The recent security crack-down following protests on Feb. 14 have resulted in more than 21 deaths. Over 400 people have been arrested many of whom are politicians, professionals, and activists. Hundreds of others lost their jobs for taking part in a general strike to support the protests.
Although Bahrain is a Sunni monarchy over 60 per cent of the population are Shiites. Bahrain is home of the US 5th Fleet Command. The king is a firm ally of the U.S. The king accuses Iran of instigating the protests.Protesters claim the protests are for democratic reform and Shiite grievances. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders are among several human-rights groups that have criticized the Bahraini government crackdown.