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Expelled top US official's murky past exposed

Manama, July 9, 2014

Expelled top US official Tom Malinowski has been personally involved in a catalogue of incidents designed to provoke unrest in Bahrain, it was revealed last night.
 
The US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour has long been known for his hostile stances against Bahrain, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
 
According to an exclusive report in our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, the controversial US official has a long record in fomenting unrest in Bahrain.
 
Malinowski took part in an anti-government rally in Diraz in early 2012, well-informed sources said.
 
A group of saboteurs hid him in a house but police found his hideout and arrested him.
 
Malinowski was, back then, Washington advocacy director at Human Rights Watch before taking over as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.
 
On returning to the US following the Diraz incident, he published an article packed with lies and baseless allegations in Foreign Policy on May 7, 2012 under the title 'Prison Island'.
 
He gave a full account of the Diraz night-time rally, with rioters chanting "down down" slogans.
 
He claimed that riot police broke in and pepper-sprayed his eyes before arresting him in his hideout, along with other saboteurs.
 
Public Security chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan had met him after he was arrested on revealing his true identity.
 
Malinowski took part in the hearing session convened in August 2012 by Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
 
He exploited the platform to continue Al Wefaq National Islamic Society's rhetoric of lies, citing excessive use of force, prison torture and sectarian-tainted arrests.
 
He claimed that the government did not commit to recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and drop the charges related to freedom of expression.
 
He also criticised constraints preventing international journalists and organisations from entering Bahrain.
 
Meanwhile, the UAE has voiced solidarity with Bahrain's "sovereign" decisions which ensure foreign officials and diplomatic missions abide by diplomatic norms regarding contacts with civil society groups and organisations in Bahrain.
 
"Bahrain has full sovereign right to take whatever measures it considers necessary that bans contacts with domestic groups that justify, incite and exercise violence, using external contacts to provide false information about Bahrain," a Foreign Ministry statement said. - TradeArabia News Service



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