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Bahrain investigat­ion commission chair dies

Cherif Bassiouni led a high-profile team to investigat­e events in 2011

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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.

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