How did the Martyrs’ Parents Receive their Sons’ Execution Uniforms?

2017-02-02 - 9:31 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): As if the shock of death was not enough, as if delivering to the parents their sons' bodies pierced with bullets was not enough, as if burying them in a remote graveyard far from their hometowns, families, beloved ones, was not enough for the regime- They handed their families their clothes, which they were wearing when they were executed by a firing squad. They are not like any kind of clothing, as they contained pieces of their scattered flesh and drenched in the blood of the martyrs.

Soaked in blood, they received their outfits. Their black color did not hide the redness of blood. What was their intention behind delivering these bloody uniforms to the families? Did the martyrs' fathers and mothers actually see the clothes that embraced their sons' bodies in their last moments? Did they see that black bag that covered their faces preventing them from witnessing the faces of their executors?

When Abbas Al-Samie was imprisoned, the authorities showed him everything that belonged to his uncle, martyr Hassan Taher Al-Samie, even his last will. They told Abbas that he was a "continuation" of his uncle Hassan, and claimed that his uncle was the one who incited him to have hatred against the regime. They believe that he was his uncle's apprentice in incitement of hatred against the regime. Abbas was shocked by this, as he was only 5 years old when his uncle was martyred.

After receiving Abbas's execution uniform, Al-Samie's father asked his daughter not to tell her mother, stressing that if she found out, she would not be strong enough to handle it. He himself was not able to see the clothes, so how would a mother who just lost her son be capable of enduring that. Abbas's sister; however, could not keep this from her mother. During the funeral rituals, we hesitated to approach her, as she was surrounded by mourners. We bashfully approached her and asked how she was doing. She was strong with full composure. This encouraged us, so we asked her: "Um Abbas, did they bring you the execution clothes, did you see them?"

With the same strength, Um Abbas answered with a hoarse voice as a result of heavy crying: "No, I didn't see them, and I don't want to." "Giving the execution clothes to the families of martyrs is a kind of psychological torture imposed on the families. What kind of law [Sharia] allows this?," she added angrily.

Abbas's aunt tells us how the clothes were delivered to them. She said that on the first day of their mourning ceremonies (Monday January 17), when she left the gathering in order to pray at her house, a relative of the martyrs' families whom she had seen at the graveyard, stopped her while she was on her way and said that he had something for them. "He took me to a car and opened the box and said: ‘These are the execution clothes.' I gasped wondering: How did you get their belongings? How did you receive them?!," she said.

"We still don't know how the execution clothes were delivered to that person. The strange thing is that Ali Al-Singace's bag was the only one with his name on it. The other two bags were not labeled with names, but Sami Mushaima's family were able to identify their son's shoes, The third bag only had pants in it, and we recognized that it belonged to my nephew Abbas," she further stated.

Abbas's aunt continues to say: "We were confused and didn't know what to do with the clothes, as we had no energy left to open or see them. However, since there would perhaps be remaining flesh from their bodies scattered from the bullets, we would be required to bury all of them with the body, no matter how tiny they were. The other families took the clothes and buried the remaining flesh, and now, Abbas's clothes are with trustworthy people, who shall preserve them as a witness for time."

Abbas's aunt did not have the strength to see the clothes. "The arrival of clothes was a huge shock to everyone. None of us expected to see the execution clothes before our eyes. What I knew was that Sami's bag was full of blood, as it seems he shed a lot of blood. I didn't have the power to see Abbas' execution uniform, but my family and relatives saw them. We did not expect to receive the execution uniform. This is a huge act of gloating and cruelty at its best- as if mercy no longer exists in their [the regime] hearts, and no humanity or feelings remain in them. I still recall how some policewomen were chewing gum during the burial ceremony, acting as if they were attending a wedding. I couldn't control myself and I addressed one of them: Are you at a wedding? This is a funeral! A funeral of young men!"

Sami Mushaima's sister recounts: "They brought my mother bags with my brother Sami's execution clothes in them. Someone I don't know delivered them. I don't know how these clothes arrived, and who the person who delivered them was. My mother refused to take the clothes and said: ‘Shall I take my son's clothes and have my heart burn in pain? I will not take them.'"

We all saw the circulated video of Ali Al-Singace's mother, as she displayed her son's clothing before the cameras on the street. She tried to distract herself from seeing his execution uniform by urging people to see them. She held her head high addressing the mourning and weeping women: "Look at what the criminals have done. You can't even look at them, so how were they able actually do it [kill them]? How could they do it three times? I won't cry, and I don't want to cry. This is my pride. Allah has granted me what I want." She then pointed at the clothes and said: "Oh Allah, accept this sacrifice from me."

For her part, Al-Singace's sister said: "Late Sunday night, and after the burial ended, we received a phone call from a relative, who told my mother that he had things for my brother in his possession. What I understood was that there were remains of my brother's scattered flesh still attached to his clothes. I even expected the bullets to still be there. My mother asked him to bring them to us immediately. I wanted to get everything related to my brother Ali. They brought us the clothes, and the person who brought them wanted to take them back. That is why my mother and I dared to open the bag."

That was the scene which everyone saw a glimpse of in the viral video. The authorities indeed committed double murders, attempting to kill Ali, Abbas and Sami's families emotionally.

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