Bahrain Strips Nationality off 115 Terror Suspects

Bahrain Strips Nationality off 115 Terror Suspects

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 - 17:30
Bahrain strips 115 citizens of their nationality on charges of forming a terrorist group. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Bahrain stripped on Tuesday 115 citizens of their nationality on charges of forming the terrorist "Zulfiqar Battalions".

According to the verdict, 53 defendants will be jailed for life, three for 15 years, one for 10 years, 15 for seven years, 37 for five years and six for three years, reported the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

The court also acquitted 23 suspects.

The defendants were found guilty of forming the "Zulfiqar Battalions", which the court said had received training in Iran and Iraq from Iran's Revolutionary Guard with "the intent to commit hostile acts" against Bahrain.

According to a statement by the public prosecutor, the group had hidden weapons, tracked targets and planted homemade bombs "with the intent of killing security personnel", though no casualties had resulted.

Charges also included placing fake explosives in public areas, exchanging intelligence information with a foreign country and its aides in order to carry out hostile acts against the Kingdom, holding illegal gatherings, rioting, possessing flammable material and damaging property.

Documents of the case reveal that on November 25, 2015, the Public Prosecution received a report from the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science indicating that leaders of terrorist groups operating in Bahrain and some fugitive convicts in Iran and Iraq held many meetings in Iran.

Supported and directed by leaders from the Iranian regime and members of the Revolutionary Guard, they agreed, during their meetings, to unify their criminal activities in the kingdom and merge under one terrorist organization which they called “Zulfiqar Brigades”, reported BNA.

The Public Prosecution questioned 86 suspects in the presence of their defense lawyers. All but six of the defendants confessed to the crimes attributed to them.

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