Bahrain acts tough on Qatar; to file complaint against Doha at UN, ICC
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 23-Aug-2017

Manama, August 23: Gulf crisis intensifies again as Bahrain is all set to file an official complaint to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court against Qatar for its subversive role in the Saudi Arabia. Earlier, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism.

 

Notably, Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday started procedures to file an international lawsuit against the government of Qatar for its subversive role in Saudi Arabia. Bahrain’s first deputy speaker Ali Al Aradi on Tuesday while talking to media said that Qatar has violated international law and intervened in the internal affairs of Bahrain.

Ali Al Aradi also alleged that Qatar has supported terrorism and not only in Bahrain, but also in many other countries. He also said that the International laws not only classify the act of terrorism as a crime when it is put into action but also the ideology and planning behind it. “It is very clear that Qatar violated these laws and agreements in Bahrain by supporting a terrorist group,” Ali Al Aradi added.

Al Aradi further noted that Bahrain’s Council of Representatives has urged the government to form a committee that would monitor and document Doha’s violations against Bahrain to file a complaint to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court. He said, “Qatar’s committed that fall under what today is called the fourth-generation warfare crimes.”

“We hope to see the implementation of this suggestion in the next coming days,” Al Aradi said, adding that Qatar has supported “terrorist” groups, including Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Hizbollah group and the Muslim Brotherhood, to destabilize the region. Al Aradi also noted that there was evidence that Doha had a “direct” hand in the “unfortunate events” in Bahrain in 2011, when opposition groups protested against the ruling Al Khalifa family.

Earlier, on August 16, Bahrain’s state television aired a report claiming that Doha backed anti-government protests and was complicit in attempts to overthrow the government. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism.

On the other side, Qatar denied all their allegations saying that they never supported Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran. Later, Saudi and its allies issued a 13-point list of demands to end the rift on June 22 and gave Qatar 10 days to comply. However, earlier Qatar rejected to fulfil the demands.