A Bahraini military court on Thursday convicted four Shiite protesters and sentenced them to death for the killing of two policemen during protests last month, state media said. Three other Shiite activists were sentenced to life in prison for their role in the incident. A report by the Bahrain News Agency said the defendants had "all their legal rights" during the trial for what it called "one of the most gruesome murders in Bahrain."
However, according to the AP, Bahrain's human rights groups slammed the verdict and said the trial had no legal credibility and was politically motivated.
In its report on Thursday's verdicts, state-run BNA carried links to government-produced videos posted on YouTube, including clips of purported confessions of alleged accomplices describing the policemen's killings.