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.

Cherif Bas­siouni

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