Bahraini Engineer Masaud Jahromi, Sentenced to Time Served, Appeals Conviction; Reinstated at Ahlia University
May 24, 2012
Dr. Masaud Jahromi, a Bahraini engineer, resumed his position as chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ahlia University in Manama on March 20, 2012. He had returned to the university as an instructor on January 31, 2012, after being suspended without pay following his arrest on April 14, 2011.
Charged with “incitement to hatred of a regime and/or participation in unauthorized rallies,” Dr. Jahromi was detained for five months from April 2011 to September 12, 2011. On January 19, 2012, a Bahraini court found him guilty and sentenced him to four months’ imprisonment and a fine of 500 Bahraini dinars. Because Dr. Jahromi already had spent five months in prison, he was not made to serve any additional time. Hoping to clear his name, as he was convicted solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association, Dr. Jahromi’s lawyers are appealing his guilty verdict.
The CHR and the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies undertook Dr. Jahromi’s case shortly after his detention. More than 90 letters of appeal were sent to the Bahraini authorities in Dr. Jahromi’s behalf by CHR correspondents and academies that are members of the H.R. Network. For more information on Dr. Jahromi's case, please see his case summary