Bahrain probe publishes revised report
Manama, December 12, 2011
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), tasked with investigating and reporting on the events during the unrest in the kingdom, has published its revised English and Arabic reports.
The reports are posted on the commission's website www.bici.org.bh in the English and Arabic sections.
"They were proof read and edited by the commission's team and now the final version is out in the public domain," said a BICI spokeswoman.
She said that the report was prepared in English and later translated into Arabic.
"There are no substantive changes to the report. The changes in the revised report include correction of translation errors and spelling mistakes," said the spokeswoman.
The Arabic version of the report was withdrawn after its release on November 23, when it emerged the translation contained some discrepancies.
More than 2,000 Arabic and English printed editions of the report is expected to be available in the coming weeks.
The BICI appointed an independent accounting firm to document its costs and expenditure during its investigations and an audit report will be posted on its website on Friday.
The records collected by the BICI team during their investigations have been destroyed to protect the identity of contributors.
However, a backup of all the evidence, including paperwork, photographs, videos and other material, has been stored digitally on a highly secured server outside Bahrain, said officials.
The records are stored in a hard drive that will be kept at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands, they added.
"In the event that the records are not housed at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the commissioners will arrange for their storage at an academic institution able to provide the same level of security as the Permanent Court of Arbitration," according to the BICI report.
The report was originally due to be published on October 31, but the deadline was extended to allow the BICI to continue collecting evidence from ministries and government agencies.
The independent commission, headed by Professor Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, was set up on June 29 by His Majesty King Hamad. – TradeArabia News Service