Bahrain revokes citizenship of 11 dissidents

Published June 14th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Tear gas rises after police clash with Bahraini protesters in February 2014. (AFP/File)
Tear gas rises after police clash with Bahraini protesters in February 2014. (AFP/File)

A Bahraini court stripped 11 Bahrainis of their citizenship based on accusations of targeting the Saudi Embassy in Manama. The court acquitted two of the thirteen accused.

Supreme Court of Appeal charged the 11 accused of "forming a terrorist cell", and sentenced them to 10 to 15 years in prison in addition to revoking their citizenship.

Court of First Instance looked into the cases of 16 accused of "forming a terrorist cell" and making explosives to target the police. The court acquitted three of them.

During the session on November 23, 2015, Court of First Instance sentenced three of the accused for 15 years of imprisonment, and 10 others for 10 years. The court revoked the citizenship of the 13 accused.

The court mentioned that three of the accused were discharged due to lack of evidence of the charges attributed to them. In addition, public prosecution accused the suspects of series of crimes between the years 2013 and 2014.

One of the suspects was charged of "crimes of terrorisms", recruiting members to "form a terrorist cell" and training members for "terrorist attacks" inside the country. In addition, he was accused of smuggling weapons and "creating terror and chaos" in an attempt to weaken and topple the government.

Public Prosecution charged five convicts with "acts of terrorism", whereas the rest were accused of aiding other members in their crimes.

In 2013, Bahraini National Council issued 22 recommendations including a number of legal and regulatory procedures to revoke citizenship and exclude convicts of any royal pardon.

During that time, a number of recommendations were issued granting the security forces jurisdictions including the ability to issue security laws during the legislative leave.

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