Bahrain court upholds death sentences for 3 activists

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Wednesday, 01 June 2016

An appeals court in Bahrain has upheld the death sentences of three activists over allegations that they killed three policemen in a bombing in 2014.

The court made the ruling on Tuesday. It also upheld life sentences for six other people for the attack on the Persian Gulf kingdom’s security forces.

The three officers, including a United Arab Emirates’ policeman, were killed in Diah village in March 2014.

The UAE officer was the first foreign national killed in Bahrain since Saudi-led forces were deployed to the kingdom to support its heavy-handed crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations.

Also on Tuesday, another Bahraini court sentenced seven people to life in prison and gave three others 15-year sentences, alleging that they created and funded a “terrorist group.” Another person was also jailed for three years.

General Prosecutor Ahmed al-Hammadi said in a statement that they were found guilty of possessing explosives and training in the use of weapons.

Hammadi also said that the court ordered the revocation of the citizenship of the 11 Bahrainis.

Anti-regime demonstrators have been holding rallies on the streets of Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling on the ruling family to relinquish power.

Manama is engaged in a heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful protests. Rights groups have repeatedly criticized the Bahraini regime for handing down long-term sentences to anti-regime protesters and activists.

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