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Bahrain court sentences 8 people to life in jail

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Bahraini police leave after dispersing protestors during clashes in the village of Shahrakkan, south of the capital, Manama, on April 5, 2016. © AFP

Bahrain has sentenced eight people to life in jail over their alleged role in plotting acts of “terrorism” and violence against security forces in two separate cases.

The Bahraini criminal court Wednesday found three defendants guilty of detonating an explosive device that wounded a police man and damaged police vehicles in a case dating back to 2015, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

According to the report, the attack took place in the village of Shakhoura, near the capital, Manama, on January 10, 2015.

Also on Tuesday, the same court sentenced five others to life imprisonment for allegedly “importing and possessing explosives for terrorist aims.”

The Bahraini judiciary has come under fire by many human rights groups for handing down long jail terms to anti-regime protesters and activists in the country.

Amnesty International and other rights groups have repeatedly censured the Bahraini regime over the “rampant” human rights abuses against opposition activists and pro-democracy protesters.

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

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the crackdown.


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