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Bahrain ‘torture service’ official to attend royal wedding
Ambassador to UK was previously in charge of Bahraini agency that is accused of electric shocks and beating
Protesters at Buckingham Palace in London demonstrate against Bahrain’s prescence at the royal wedding. The crown prince is to stay away but the ambassador is still planning to attend. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
The former head of an agency accused of torture and human rights abuses is expected to be a guest at Friday’s royal wedding, the Guardian has learned.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali al-Khalifa is a former head of Bahrain’s National Security Agency (NSA) and will attend the wedding in his role as the current Bahraini ambassador to London.
British sources confirmed he had been invited and a spokesperson for the Bahraini embassy in London said he was expected to attend.
Khalifa was head of the agency from 2005 to 2008. The pressure group Human Rights Watch alleges that in 2007 detainees in Bahrain suffered torture including electric shocks and beatings.
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