Bahrain investigation commission chair dies
Cherif Bassiouni led a high-profile team to investigate events in 2011
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa has mourned the death of Professor Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, a law professor who headed the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) tasked with looking into events that unfolded in the country in February and March 2011, and to make the recommendations as it deemed appropriate.
“He told the truth and nothing more than the truth. May God rest the soul of Professor Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni. Our condolences to his family and to his brotherly country Egypt. From God we come and to God we return,” Shaikh Khalid posted on his Twitter account.
The 79-year-old EgyptianAmerican human rights expert and law professor at De Paul University in Chicago had multiple myeloma and died on Monday at his Streeterville home, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Bassiouni was appointed by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa to lead a high-profile commission established in June 2011 and tasked with investigating and reporting on the events that took place in Bahrain from February 2011 and their consequences.
Bassiouni held 22 United Nations appointments and assisted in the Camp David peace accords.