Bahraini Court Sentences 4 More Activists to 60 Year Imprisonment
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Bahraini court on Wednesday jailed four Shiites, each for 15 years behind bars after convicting them of wounding an Asian worker in Manama, rights groups reported. The ruling is the third tough sentence in four days.
Amnesty International had on Monday strongly criticized Bahraini courts “show trails’ leading to long term imprisonment for Bahraini revolutionary protesters.
The arrests since Sunday brings to 91 the number of the Shiites jailed in four days over violence, amid criticism from rights watchdog Amnesty International that the accusations are phony cover-up pretexts against Bahraini revolutionaries, the AFP reported.
Two of the defendants were in the dock, while the other two remain at large, said the source.
On Sunday, a Bahraini court handed jail terms of up to 15 years to 50 activists, including a prominent Shiite cleric, convicted of forming a clandestine opposition group.
Amnesty had slammed the ruling against them as appalling and demanded a probe into allegations that some were tortured.
On Monday, a court jailed 37 other Shiites for up to 15 years for carrying out "terrorist crimes" in the kingdom.
In August, King Hamad decreed stiffer penalties for "terror acts" in the country rocked by a Shiite-led uprising since 2011.
These include a minimum 10-year jail term for an attempted bombing. If casualties result, the sentence can be life imprisonment or death.