Bahrain: Death Sentence Upheld Against Citizen Allegedly Involved in Bombing

Published February 26th, 2018 - 02:03 GMT
Seven other defendants in the same case were slapped with three years each behind bars. (AFP/File Photo)
Seven other defendants in the same case were slapped with three years each behind bars. (AFP/File Photo)

A Bahraini appeals court on Monday upheld a death sentence handed down earlier against a Bahraini citizen convicted of involvement in a 2016 bombing in Manama that killed one passerby.

In June of last year, a Bahraini criminal court sentenced one person to death and another to life behind bars for their involvement in “the deliberate murder of a woman due to the detonation of an explosive device."

Seven other defendants in the same case were slapped with three years each behind bars.

The nine -- whose names have not been released by the authorities -- were convicted on a raft of other charges, including “training in the use of weapons and explosives; perpetrating a terrorist crime with accomplices; harboring a wanted terrorist; and causing material damage for terrorist purposes," according to judicial sources.

Prosecutors also say that the convicts were led in their criminal endeavors by an Iran-based individual linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The case dates back to June 30, 2016, when a remote-control bomb -- with which the perpetrators had allegedly hoped to target a police patrol -- detonated outside capital Manama killing a 42-year-old high school teacher.

In 2011, Sunni-ruled Bahrain was rocked by demonstrations led by the country’s Shia opposition. The Bahraini authorities have repeatedly blamed Shia Iran for promoting the unrest.

 

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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