Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa said the charges against 23 doctors and 24 nurses include participating in attempts to topple the island’s Sunni monarchy and taking part in illegal rallies.
The announcement is the latest in the Sunni rulers’ relentless pursuit of Shi’ite opposition supporters after weeks of street marches demanding greater freedoms, equal rights, and an elected government in Bahrain.
During the unrest, medical staff repeatedly said they were under professional duty to treat all and strongly rejected claims by authorities that helping antigovernment protesters was akin to supporting their cause.
Separately, two former Parliament members of the country’s main Shi’ite party Al Wefaq were arrested, according to a senior party leader, Abdul-Jalil Khalil.
Al Wefaq has been the leading political backer of Bahrain’s uprising, which was inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year.
Bahrain’s Sunni rulers declared martial law on March 15. Agencies