Bahrain sets up independent committee to probe unrest

08:42, June 30, 2011      

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Bahrain's King on Wednesday announced setting up of an independent fact finding commission to probe the reasons behind the unrest.

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said in a speech to the nation that the members and international experts of the commission would be independent and "would have nothing to do with internal affairs of the government."

In his speech published by Bahrain News Agency, he said the members whose names will be announced through a Royal Decree have the authority to obtain information from ministers and other government officials "without any reservations."

The Commission will be set up in consultation with the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The King said the findings of the report by members of the commission will be directly handed over to him.

He said extremism of any kind especially affecting the reform process of the country will not be allowed and stressed the country will not be divided.

Bahrain announced a three-month State of National Safety in March following a wave of anti-government protests.

Four policemen and over 20 people were killed in the unrest that affected the country's economy and resulted in cancellation of the 2011 Formula one races.

Source: Xinhua
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