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Bahrain Upholds Sentences Against Terror Convicts

Bahrain Upholds Sentences Against Terror Convicts

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - 10:15
Bahraini Police and security personnel at checkpoint on highway west of Manama. Reuters
Manama - Obaid al-Suhaimi
Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld Monday the verdicts issued by the fourth High Criminal Court against a defendant, who was convicted in a terrorist case and was sentenced to death, and another defendant, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, and it approved revoking their Bahraini nationalities.

The two defendants were also accused of being involved in a terrorist attack against police officers, which resulted in the death of a woman and the injury of three children on June 30, 2016.

“The Court of Cassation upheld the appealed sentences in the case of deliberate murder and foreign intelligence connections, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution Advocate General Ahmed al-Hammadi said, according to BNA.

“The defendants were charged with the illegal handling, possession of explosives and weapons, causing the bomb explosion that claimed a human life, endangering public and private transportation, receiving training on the use of weapons and explosives, committing a terrorist crime with other accomplices, harboring a wanted terrorist and inflicting material damage in implementation of terrorist purposes,” Hammadi explained.

The High Criminal Court issued in June 2016 the death sentence against the first defendant, life in jail against the second defendant and three years in prison against seven of the defendants, revoking the nationality of the first and second defendants and obliging them to pay financial compensation for the damage.

The court also decided to fine the third defendant and ordered the confiscation of all seized materials, BNA reported.

On November 22, 2017, the Court of Appeal issued its sentence by accepting the appeal of eight defendants in form, but it rejected it in substance and upheld the sentences.

BNA said that on June 30, 2016, the suspects committed their crime of detonating the bomb that killed a woman, who was driving on Shaikh Jabir al-Ahmad Highway.

The defendants were charged with the deliberate murdering of a woman as a result of detonation of an explosive device.

The prosecution investigations revealed that a suspect, who resides in Iran and works for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, ordered the defendants to implement the terrorist crime by detonating the bomb in order to target police patrols and kill policemen.

He provided the first and second defendants with the explosive device for this purpose. The police movement was monitored and the explosive device was placed in the crime scene to carry out the plot.

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