Alumna in Bahrain Freed, Colleagues Convicted

June 14, 2012

A court in Bahrain has overturned the 15-year-prison sentence of Rula Al-Saffar, a 2000 master’s graduate of the Widener School of Nursing who was jailed for providing medical aid to protestors in her home country, but the court convicted a number of her colleagues.  “This is a black day for doctors and medical professionals,” Al-Safar told The Associated Press. (AP reported nine were convicted, while the organization Human Rights First reported there were 11 convicted.)

A video of Al-Saffar commenting on the verdicts is available online, and more video coverage of the case is available on the ITV News page.  She will be featured in the fall issue of Widener Magazine to be published in September.


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