Bahrain sentences nine protesters to life in prison
Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-regime activists to life in prison and revoked their citizenship.
All nine convicts were implicated in the case of allegedly smuggling weapons and explosives by sea.
This is the latest in a series of convictions that the Al Khalifa regime has imposed against protesters, including prominent rights activists.
Dozens of Bahrainis including politicians, academics and civilians both at home and abroad have been also deprived of their citizenship.
A Bahraini appeals court on September 21 upheld an earlier ruling that handed five-year imprisonment sentences to nine Shia activists.
The defendants, among them a photojournalist and an online activist, were convicted of calling for the downfall of the Al Khalifa regime.
The Manama regime has adopted oppressive measures to silence the people demanding an end to monarchy in the country.
The Saudi-backed Manama regime has detained hundreds of anti-government activists as part of its brutal crackdown on popular dissent.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in the Manama regime’s crackdown on peaceful anti-regime rallies since 2011.
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