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Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

Author: Vernon Silver & Ben Elgin, Bloomberg, Published on: 22 August 2011

[scroll down for statement by Nokia Siemens Networks] Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist...[then] Al Khanjar…[was] question[ed] by a[n]…officer armed with…transcripts of his text messages and details from personal mobile phone conversations…Computers loaded with Western-made surveillance software generated the transcripts wielded in the interrogations described by Al Khanjar and scores of other detainees whose similar treatment was tracked by rights activists...The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens…and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks [joint venture Nokia and Siemens] and…Trovicor GmbH, according to two people whose positions at the companies gave them direct knowledge of the installations…The sale and maintenance contracts were…confirmed by…a Nokia Siemens spokesman...Asked whether Trovicor…sold monitoring centers to Middle Eastern nations…[NSN] says the company can’t talk about specific countries…Siemens…says…all documentation from the intelligence solutions unit had been transferred to Nokia Siemens…Trovicor…said Trovicor’s contracts prevent it from disclosing its customers or the countries where it does business…[refers to Nice Systems, Verint System, Facebook, TeleStrategies, GlassCube, Perusa Partners Fund]

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Related companies: Facebook Nokia Nokia Networks (part of Nokia) Siemens TeleStrategies