A female poet whose "death" became the focus of an Iranian state propaganda campaign against Bahrain has been brought before a military tribunal in the island kingdom.


yat al-Ghermezi, who is 20, was charged with incitement and insulting members of the Al Khalifa royal family.

Arrested after reading a self-penned poem to anti-government protesters in the Bahraini capital Manama, she has been in custody for two months.

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Female poet brought before Bahrain military tribunal

Her purported crime centres on a poem she read to protesters at the Pearl
Roundabout in Manama, the epicentre of the street movement until it was
destroyed by the authorities.

human rights activists say that although Miss Ghermezi was not raped, she
was badly tortured while in custody.

Its lyrics include the lines: "We are the people who will kill
humiliation and assassinate misery/We are the people who will destroy the
foundation of injustice/Don't you hear their cries, don't you hear their
screams?" She said the poem was addressed to King Hamad bin Isa Al
Khalifa and his hawkish prime minister and relative Prince Khalifa bin
Salman Al Khalifa.

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