The son of a Bahraini man sentenced to death has again sent a drawing to seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
MANAMA, Bahrain – The son of a man sentenced to death in Bahrain has again sent a drawing to seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, still hopeful the British driver can help save his father’s life.
Ahead of Sunday’s season-opening F1 race in Bahrain, Ahmed proudly recounts his own hopes for drawing Hamilton’s famous Mercedes 44: “Sir Lewis, another F1 where my innocent father has been sentenced to death. Help free him. “
The son of 12-year-old Mohammed Ramadan, a former member of Bahrain’s security forces who has been sentenced to death.
The drawing was shown to the Associated Press by Ahmed, who was with his mother Zainab Ibrahim during an interview in Bahrain on Thursday. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy also sent a copy of the drawing to Hamilton’s team.
Ahmed spoke softly as he talked about why he drew it.
“I did this drawing to encourage Lewis,” he said Composing himself with a deep breath, he added: “There are many stories that can influence Lewis and help change.”
This is the second time he has drawn Hamilton’s car and sent it to the star British driver, in the hope that he might get a conclusion about his father’s future.
Her father was one of three alleged torturers who personally wrote to Hamilton in November 2020.
Mohammed Ramadan details how he was arrested after supporting a pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain, and then charged in a murder case and beaten with an iron bar to obtain his confession.
After reading those letters, Hamilton vowed not to ignore the call for better human rights in Bahrain and other countries where F1 races are held.
Asked what he thought of Hamilton’s ongoing efforts, “Lewis is the best,” Ahmed said with a laugh. “I was just happy to hear from Lewis when he said he was willing to help if needed.”
Ahmed’s mother hopes that Hamilton’s voice will shout louder to those who want to hear it.
“Lewis has influence and he can talk to his friends, and he can influence the Bahraini government to reconsider and talk about the victims,” he said, sitting next to his son. “Maybe they will get justice for their cases.”
For Zainab Ibrahim and his three children, going to jail is rare and, as he tirelessly explains, is so limited that they cannot even touch a finger of their father’s hand to feel the slightest connection with his father.
“It simply came to our notice then. Ahmed was four years old and had twins when their father was arrested. “
Hamilton inspired other survivors of alleged torture, such as Najah Yusuf and Ali Alhaji, two others who wrote to Hamilton in November 2020.
Alhaji Zhou is in prison, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the track Hamilton raced on Sunday.
Hamilton Prison has a tendency in a unique way.
“Prisoners begin to write or draw ‘Sir 44’ or ‘Lewis 44’ on their clothes, which we will wear in support as we watch the race,” Alhaji recently wrote to Hamilton. “Prisoners see you not only as a world sports champion, but as someone defending their human rights.”
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