Bahraini court gives prison sentences to two anti-regime activists
A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to two anti-regime protesters and stripped them of their citizenship as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the kingdom.
Publish date : Friday 29 December 2017 14:47
On Thursday, Bahrain's Supreme Court of Appeal convicted the defendants of affiliation to the opposition al-Wafa'a Islamic Party, and sentenced one of them to 10 years in jail, while the other received 7 years in prison, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
The development came a day after Bahrain’s High Criminal Court sentenced 10 anti-regime protesters to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship.
The defendants were found guilty in connection with the discovery of 1.5 tons of ammunition and explosive devices in Nuwaidrat village, located about 10 kilometers south of the capital Manama, in late September 2015.
The Manama regime has stepped up crackdown on political dissent in the wake of US President Donald Trump's meeting with Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah during a summit in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh in late May.
Less than 48 hours after the US president left Saudi Arabia, Bahraini regime troops attacked supporters of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim in the northwestern village of Diraz, killing at least five people and arresting 286 others. Reports said 19 policemen were also injured in the clashes.
The London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Trump “effectively gave Hamad a blank check to continue the repression of his people.”
This image provided by an activist shows Bahraini regime forces during a raid on a sit-in demonstration in the northwestern village of Diraz, Bahrain, on May 23, 2017. (Photo by AP)
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
King Hamad ratified the constitutional amendment a month later.