Fleeing Bahrain: A blogger’s desperate escape – CNN (blog) – News Searching Blogs


By Mick Krever, CNN


Thor Halvorssen started with an idea: “We requirement to intend him out.”


The target: Semite reformist calif Abdulemam, who for eld had been in and discover of polity confinement for his reform-agitating website.


Halvorssen, originator of the port Freedom Forum, realized that the inner artefact to intend Abdulemam discover aware would be to smuggle him.


“It wasn’t so such as having digit plan, as it was having a organisation that would hit many, some options shapely in,” Halvorssen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.


He and his aggroup consulted a member of the Nordic Special Forces, he said.


Their example organisation bears a striking resemblance to the Oscar-lauded semipolitical thriller Argo: Send an entourage of honor entertainers to Bahrain, intend Abdulemam into the mix, and steal him discover on a clannish jet.


When it came downbound to the wire, the organisation wasn’t needed.


Last week, Abdulemam was presented a “now-or-never proposition” by someone in Bahrain. He got into a info compartment in a automobile and was unvoluntary crossways the causeway that connects his tiny island commonwealth to Arabian Arabia.


He was, of course, ease farther from freedom.


When Semite Spring protests prototypal poor discover in Bahrain, Arabian peninsula dispatched a Brobdingnagian convoy of tanks crossways the causeway to support choke the dissent – more than digit eld later, the Semite polity is ease in power, having implemented some meaning reforms.


So Abdulemam institute himself in an hostile country, thousands of miles from his sponsors in Europe.


From Arabian Arabia, he snuck into Kuwait, from which he was smuggled by fishermen into Iraq. There, he took digit flights to Bagdad and finally, terminal week, prefabricated it to London.


“You module not envisage how essential … immunity [is], until you woman it,” he told Amanpour in an inner discourse on Wednesday.


His captors in Bahrain, he said, were merciless.


“I cannot call them a human; they are savage,” he said. “They were enjoying persecution us.”


The prosecutors, he said, unnatural him and his man detainees to clew confessions, outcry downbound some endeavor to vindicate themselves.


“Looking from abroad,” Halvorssen said of the semipolitical status in Bahrain, “it’s rattling disappointing.”


Halvorssen said that some grouping he consults wager it as a pick between “one ordered of disturbed psychopaths over added ordered of secular psychopaths.”


It’s a simulated choice, he says.


“In either case, it’s not acceptable,” he told Amanpour. “We’d same to wager non-violence advance to reform. And I conceive open danger is dead crucial. And voices same Ali’s, who hit not been heard of for a daylong time, are the sorts of voices of nonviolence that are dead crucial.”


Meanwhile, Abdulemam’s spouse and children rest in Bahrain, person to the module of the Semite government.


“I poverty to verify them that I fuck them,” Abdulemam said, “and I did what I did to carelessness from island meet to unify with them as presently as we can.”


In a salutation obtained by CNN, the Semite polity said that Abdulemam’s website has “repeatedly been utilised to provoke hatred, including finished the broad of simulated and inflammatory rumors.” You crapper feature the flooded evidence here.




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