Bahraini scholar assaulted in Iran looks back at his ordeal

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A prominent Bahraini scholar who was attacked by assailants during his visit to a Shiite shrine in the Iranian city of Mashhad has spoken of his ordeal in a recent statement.

Shaikh Hassan al-Toublani, member of Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, was attacked by four assailants last week during a visit to the shrine of Imam Ali bin Musa Reza.

In a statement posted on the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Al Toublani said: “I was walking outside the shrine, along with other Bahraini scholars, when four people started insulting me and defaming my stances, ideas and membership in the council.”

Al-Toublani said he left the site after the verbal assault. However, on the last day of his visit to Mashhad, six people assaulted the scholar as he was walking on the street until he fell on ground.

Police then arrested him for investigation. The scholar was interrogated by police and asked why he was visiting Iran and his ties to Bahrain. They even showed al-Toublani pictures of him attending events in Bahrain.

The prominent scholar was on a trip organized by a Bahraini contractor. The statement said Iranian police had bought “fake documents” that claimed al-Toublani had signed statements that “defame the Iranian leadership.”

It added that al-Toublani has “debunked the charges and exposed the fake documents, defending his personal position, which stems from his religious and intellectual convictions.”

BNA said the scholar, a diabetes and blood pressure patient, was detained for six days during which he remained in bad health condition inside a small cell.

Upon his release and return to the hotel, al-Toublani realized that his room had been searched upside down during his time in detention.

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