John Yates quit his job as assistant commissioner of Britain’s Metropolitan Police in July 2011, and was appointed by Bahrain to oversee reform of its police force in December of that year.
Bahrain has denied reports that British senior police adviser John Yates, who was recruited as part of reform initiatives undertaken for the Persian Gulf kingdom’s police, has stepped down.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry highlighted in a statement issued on Friday that recent reports concerning the resignation of John Yates are incorrect, state-run Bahrain News Agency reported.
The ministry said that Yates’ initial six-month contract concluded on July 20 of this year.
However, he remains as an important adviser to Bahraini Minister of Interior Rashid bin Abdallah bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, overseeing police code of conduct and implementation of reform measures.
Yates is scheduled to undertake his work and regularly visit Bahrain in the coming months.
In July 2011, Yates quit his post as the assistant commissioner of Britain’s Metropolitan Police over his handling of Britain’s phone hacking scandal and his links to Neil Wallis, the former News of the World executive.
He was appointed by Bahrain last December to oversee reform of the Arab state’s police force, after an independent report found evidence that Saudi-backed Bahraini forces used excessive force, torture and summary justice to crush the popular uprising in the country.
Anti-regime demonstrations continue in Bahrain despite the heavy-handed crackdown by regime forces.
Scores of people have been killed by the Bahraini forces since a popular uprising erupted against the ruling Al Khalifa family in February 2011.
The protesters hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of demonstrators during the uprising.