Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain

09.05.2016 ( Last modified: 29.01.2018 )
Trial Watch would like to remind its users that any person charged by national or international authorities is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


 Ali Bin-Fadhul Al-Buainain began his career as public minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1985. He became public prosecutor of Bahrain on 24 December 2005. He has a PhD in criminal law.

legal procedure

On 8 September 2015, Jaafar Al-Hasabi filed a criminal complaint in Bern against the Attorney General of Bahrain, Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain, for facilitating torture. He was supported by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), REDRESS, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and TRIAL International. On 13 September 2015, an application was filed with the Bern prosecutor, calling for the Attorney General to be summoned for interviewing. The complaint was filed in anticipation of his attendance at the annual conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) being held that year in Switzerland from 13 to 17 September, at which he was elected vice president of the organization.

On 15 September 2015, the prosecutor issued a decision stating that an investigation would be opened but that the evidentiary threshold for a summons had not yet been met. Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain was allowed to return to Bahrain without questioning.

In June 2016, torture survivor Jaafar Al-Hasabi gave testimony to prosecutors in Bern concerning the Bahraini Attorney General’s alleged complicity in acts of torture.

In November 2016, the Swiss prosecutors made an application to the Swiss Federal Office of Justice seeking to transfer the case to prosecution authorities in Bahrain.

Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain was expected to visit Ireland to attend an IAP conference in Dublin in September 2016. Jaafar Al-Hasabi brought a private prosecution application before the District Court in Dublin on 13 September 2016 requesting that the Attorney General be summoned in connection with the allegations of torture. The application was rejected, with the judge arguing that a sufficient link between the acts of torture and the alleged involvement of the accused had not been established. Police in Ireland opened a parallel investigation into the matter that is still ongoing. Jaafar Al-Hasabi’s complaint was supported by GLAN (Global Legal Action Network), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy), ECCHR, and REDRESS.

Fact Sheet
Name: Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain
Nationality: Bahrain
Context: Bahrain
Charges: Torture
Status: Other
Particulars: Criminal complaint filed on 8 September 2015 to the public minister of Bern (Switzerland). A request to appear in court was filed on 13 September 2015; the request was rejected on 17 September, after which Al-Buainain left Switzerland.