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تقرير البندر الجديد


Dr Salah Al Bandar discusses the conspiracy (known as “Bandargate”) to suppress the Shia majority of Bahrain. Taken at a press conference in the House of Lords, UK on October 5, 2006.

Interview with Dr Salah Al Bandar about sectarian conspiracy in Bahrain

Dr Salah Al Bander, Ibrahim Sharif, Dr Aziz Abul talk about government sectarianism in Bahrain

An overview of the classified study at the heart of the Bandargate scandal; Islamist groups penetrate and influence government and society

Bahrain Center for Human Rights, October 2006
By Zara Al Sitari

A report issued by the Gulf Centre for Democratic Development in September 2006, dubbed the ‘Al Bandar report’ detailed an alleged conspiracy by some government officials and Sunni Islamists to politically and economically marginalize Bahrain’s Shia majority. As evidence for the claims, the report included copies of hundreds of checks, banks statements, receipts and correspondence.

Also included as evidence was a copy of a strategic study drawn up by Iraqi Dr Nizar Mohammed Saeed Al-Ani [1] included which describes various mechanisms to achieve these goals in a set of recommendations entitled “Scenarios to improve the general situation of the Sunni sect in Bahrain “. The study is marked as highly classified and is dated September 1, 2005.

A receipt included in the Al Bandar report purportedly shows Dr Al-Ani receiving a payment of BD 3000 on September 1, 2005.

The recommendations of Dr Al-Ani’s study, spanning 14 pages, pave the way for Islamists Sunni groups to penetrate and influence government and society, which is a dangerous policy considering the experience in neighboring Saudi Arabia. In the implementation of this, more Islamists connected to the Muslim brotherhood and Salafist movements were appointed in the government and the judiciary. The main figures in the secret web itself are connected to these two groups. (Ref. Al-Bandar report)

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Maintaining Sectarian Division and Penetrating NGO’s

The Al Bander report: what it says and what it means

By Zara Al Sitari, Bahrain Center for Human Rights- September 2006

A secret web lead by a high government official, who is a member of the royal family, has been operating in Bahrain with an aim to manipulate the results of coming elections, maintain sectarian distrust and division, and to ensure that Bahrain’s Shias remain oppressed and disenfranchised, according to Dr. Salah Al Bandar, strategic planning’s chancellor at the Council of Ministers Affairs. As a result of leaking the information, Dr Al Bander was deported to the United Kingdom on September 13th as he is a British citizen.

The 216-page report, which was distributed by the Gulf Centre for Democratic Development (GCDD), contains almost 200 pages of cheques, receipts, letters, bank statements and accounts sheets to support this claim. The full 216-page report (in Arabic) can be downloaded from here (31MB).

The secret web works through a media group, an electronic group, an intelligence team, a newspaper, a Shia to Sunni conversion programme, and civil societies to carry out these activities, the report says.

The total cost of these activities (so far) is said to be more than BD 1 million, and the main financier is named as Civil Informatics Organization (CIO) head Shaikh Ahmed bin Ateyatalla Al Khalifa , founder of the higher committee for elections.

It seems that the secret organization is established and has built its strategies based on the analysis and recommendations of a confidential study written in September 1st, 2005 entitled: “A Proposal to Promote the General Situation of the Sunni Sect in Bahrain”. The study, which is published in the leaked report- is reportedly written by an Iraqi Academic, Dr. Nezar Alani, who is now heading the Ettehad University in the United Arab Emirates. The leaked documents show that Dr. Alani had received an amount of BD3000.

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