Bahrain: Terrorist Group Affiliated with ‘Saraya al-Mukhtar’ Referred to Judiciary

Wednesday, 4 April, 2018 - 07:15
Manama - Obeid al-Suhaimi

Bahrain’s Terror Crime Prosecution referred on Tuesday 18 suspects to the judiciary after they were charged with forming, joining and financing a terrorist group, possessing explosives, weapons and ammunition, murdering a police officer and assisting terror convicts in escaping from prison.

The group is affiliated with "Saraya Al Mukhtar", an organization listed as terrorist by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in June 2017.

Terror Crime Chief Prosecutor Ahmed al-Hammadi indicated that the suspects, including seven who are in custody, have been referred to the High Criminal Court for a hearing on April 23.

Hammadi indicated that 11 members of the cells are still at large inside and outside of Bahrain.

Members of the organization are also accused of transferring weapons, explosive devices and collecting funds for distribution to other members of the terrorist group. They also planned the escape of convicts from the Salmaniya Medical Complex out of Bahrain.

The suspects also monitored the movement of security forces to target them in attacks.

The Prosecution relied in its investigation on witness accounts, technical and forensic evidence and the confession of some of the accused.

The terrorist cell was also divided into several groups that operate separately. Each group was assigned a particular duty, such as developing explosive devices or planting bombs to target police. A third group was tasked with distributing arms, explosive charges and money to fellow members.

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