Bahrain jails 37 Shiites for up to 15 years
Bahraini women hold a placard reading 'Stop dictatorship in Bahrain' as they take part in an anti-government protest.(Image credit: AFP)
A Bahraini court in Manaa jailed 37 Shiites for up to 15 years for carrying out "terrorist crimes" in the kingdom.
Four people received a 15 year sentence. A further six were jailed for 10 years. Twenty seven other defendants received five year terms according to AFP.
The defendants were accused of detonating two roadside bombs in the village of Diraz. Four policemen were wounded in the incident.
Bahrain is a Shiite majority country with Sunni rulers. An Arab spring inspired protest in 2011 was brutally put down by the regime. Since then, the country has seen clashes break out between protestors and the police on a regular basis. At least 89 people have been killed in these protests.
Only yesterday, a court handed jail terms of up to 15 years to 50 Shiites, including a prominent Iraqi cleric, convicted of forming a clandestine opposition group. Thousands of people protested on the weekend over the arrest of an opposition leader.
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