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Bahrani Prince 'could be arrested' if he comes to UK, if new evidence emerges

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa. Credit: Balkis Press/ABACA/Press Association Images

The son of the King of Bahrain could be arrested if he steps foot on British soil after the High Court ruled he was no longer immune from prosecution because of his royal status - if new evidence emerges.

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa is said to have been directly involved in the torture of three prisoners during a pro-democracy uprising in February 2011.

One prisoner, known only as FF who has been granted asylum in the UK, claims he was badly beaten - but not by Prince Nasser - and given a prison sentence after taking part in protests in the Gulf state, which have since left dozens dead.

FF now plans to provide the Metropolitan Police Service with evidence of the Prince's alleged actions.

However, the Bahrani government said the claims were unfounded and politically motivated.

In a statement, it added: "The situation has not, and will not, change as there is no evidence for the allegations."

Prince Nasser is a regular visitor to England and has met the royal family.


Explosion in Bahrain capital, 20m from Grand Prix

A small explosion was heard in the centre of the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday, three witnesses said, though the cause was not immediately clear.

Police blocked off the road where the incident took place near a government security building in the Adliya district, and a security source at the scene said a car had been damaged by fire. The source did not elaborate and there were no reports of casualties.

The incident took place as the small island kingdom hosted a Formula One Grand Prix, staged about 20 miles south of Manama at the Sakhir desert circuit.

Small bomb explosions occur sporadically in the US-allied monarchy, which has witnessed low-level political unrest since 2011 when the Shi'ite Muslim-led opposition organised demonstrations demanding democratic reforms in the Sunni-led government.

Prince Andrew to visit protest-hit Bahrain

The Duke of York is set to visit he protest-hit country of Bahrain on an official visit.

Prince Andrew's trip begins tomorrow and comes after the Government requested he to travelled to the Middle Eastern state.

The Duke of York will begin his visit to Bahrain tomorrow. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

Bahrain's government, dominated by members of its royal family, has been accused by campaigning groups of a string of human rights abuses since 2011.

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took his second win in four races this year as he won this year's controversial Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula One Grand Prix. Credit: HOCH ZWEI/DPA/Press Association Images

Activists clashed with police and blocked roads into the capital in a bid to disrupt the race.

Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman says a reform process is under way, and denies using Formula 1 for political gain.


Protesters and police clash on streets of Bahrain

Bahraini protesters clashed with police today ahead of tomorrow's F1 race in cities across the country, according to activists.

This video, posted by protesters in the northern city of Jidhafs, shows tear gas being thrown amid street battles between activists and police.

ITV News were asked to leave the country and cannot independently verify the video.

Police 'fire tear gas at protesters in Bahrain'

Protesters say they tear gas has been fired at protesters in Bahrain. Credit: Twitter: @Maryam14Feb

Protesters on the streets of Bahrain have been fired on with tear gas by security forces near Aldaih, west of the capital Al Manama, according to protesters.

Security forces on the streets of Bahrain. Credit: Twitter: @Maryam14Feb

ITV News were asked to leave Bahrain by the country's authorities yesterday and cannot independently verify these pictures.

ITV News asked to leave Bahrain ahead of Grand Prix

ITV News special correspondent Rageh Omaar was on assignment in Bahrain.

An ITV News crew has been asked to leave Bahrain by the country's authorities as they reported on the violent clashes taking place in the build-up to the Grand Prix.

The team of five, including ITV News special correspondent Rageh Omaar, were filming in the Gulf nation ahead of Sunday's Formula One race where they were yesterday held and questioned at a police station before being released.

The group, who had the necessary visas permitting them to work there, were then again questioned and taken to a police station today, before being told they must leave the country.

An ITV News spokeswoman said: "Our news team were on assignment with visas approved by the Bahraini authorities.

"Having filed a report last night, they were stopped while filming this morning and taken to a local police station for discussions with officers.

"They have since been asked to leave the country, which they are in the process of doing."

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