12 Aug From the death penalty to freedom: the intrigue of the arrested manager
Bahrain accused Francis Bartram Brown, Eni's consultant for San Donato Milanese of fraud. Then the message: "Release it"
An urgent message sent by the Interpol of Bahrain to its Italian counterparts. A very long protocol number, which begins with MI-123-UB-31. And only two lines of text: "The subject is no longer sought and must return to freedom." The message is dated July 24. When he, the "subject," had been in jail for eighteen days.
The subject is no longer sought and must return to freedom
Il rischio di morire
However, in the terribly adventurous summer of an English manager, Francis Bartram Brown, 47, a consultant to the Eni Milanese of San Donato, it was not the prison that distressed him, but he was innocent.
How much the perspective costs. Or leave Brindisi penitentiary, after the arrest carried out by the Ostuni police on July 6, on a Saturday, when on vacation at an exclusive resort in the Val d'Itria, and being extradited to Bahrain, a nation against the one he had faced.
With an international arrest warrant, and a nation where the death penalty and situations in prisons that violate human rights remain.
He was convicted of the non-existent crime of which Bartram Brown was accused, a millionaire scam after dealing with a gigantic and ghostly load of sand and pocketing the money.
Now that he is free again, since the Lecce prosecutor's office ordered his release, the consultant is trying to understand why he ended up in this (international) case.
The diplomatic war
Perhaps there was a personal exchange, perhaps it has become an involuntary pawn of a large-scale game in diplomatic plots (and not only) in the Arab world.
Perhaps, in order to promote reprisals against London, Bahrain decided to send a signal dragging the 47-year-old man to the bottom and had his "public prosecutor" sign the order to identify Bartram Brown and capture him: the investigation, at some point, It was a matter of state, that man was tracked, everywhere and at all costs.
The person in question, through his lawyer, Alexandro Maria Tirelli, he believes he was "in the center of a plot plotted by people close to the royal house of Bahrain."
Hypothetizes, then, the consultant, that some connection with his vicissitudes, but equally devoid of clear elements, has had the fierce clash in progress between Shiites and Sunnis, always with a link in a supposed or supposed external "action" of Great Britain .
The fact is that the definitive and definitive measures establish the law: from the list of the Interpol red codes, dedicated to the most dangerous fugitives in the world, by Bartram Brown there is no trace. It's okay. But will it be enough to make up for it?
Doubts and appeals
The criminal lawyer Alexandro María Tirelli He had filed an immediate appeal, and even if he ignored the evaluations of the competent judges of the case, it seems logical to raise the hypothesis of more than one doubt.
In the provision by which Bahrain requested the capture of the manager, detailed information was missing. A perennial thin note, in the belief that no additions were necessary.
Nobody disputes the possible responsibilities of the Italian police, who "executed" and took the matter to the magistrates' desk; but Corriere's research sources claim that both at the "high" level, at Interpol, and at the "low" level, among those who physically blocked Bartram Brown, there was a "conviction" that the general starting plant was weak.
It would be sufficient to give a quick reading of the reports on the conditions of prisons and justice: testimonies of prisoners in Bahrain of beatings, torture, forced fasts, with the aim of confessing not committed offenses.
Keep silent, of course, of capital punishment, specialized in the maritime field, with a level of competence in the management of oil platforms, the consultant has decided to remain in Italy.
He has vacations to continue, if not return to Val d'Itria, to an apartment in Campania, where in the initial phase the lawyer, in the dark as the patient of the story in all its complexity, expected him to be placed under house arrest, Waiting to see if Bartram Brown had a second life.
In short, if he was a great character in the spy story or, simply and precisely, a professional in flip flops who was alone, on vacation.
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Waiting to see if Bartram Brown had a second life, in short, if he was a great character in the spy story or, simply and precisely, a flip flop professional who was alone, on vacation.