Over 100 lawyers in Bahrain are attempting to prosecute officials who authorised the use of live ammunition in the killing of protesters in February.
Seven protesters were killed last month after one of the numerous anti-government protests was broken-up through the use of live ammunition. It has been reported that 135 lawyers have now signaled their intention to use the office of Public Prosecution in an attempt to charge senior officials within the Interior Ministry.
However, the China Daily has reported that the Bahrain Bar Society has not officially endorsed the stance of the lawyers, stating that lawyers can take an individual stance "without being associated with the Society or using its name".
Protests have recently escalated in Bahrain, with the Saudi Arabian military being called to help quell a Shia protest south of the Bahraini capital on 14 March. Medical authorities said that at least 200 people were shot. Over 10,000 protesters later demonstrated in front of the Saudi embassy in Manama, with the King later declaring martial law.
Despite around 70 per cent of Bahrain's population being Shi´ite, the country's royal family is Sunni Muslims.