13 People Sentenced Jail in Bahrain over ‘Trying to Kill’ Policemen
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A court in Bahrain sentenced 13 people to prison for allegedly trying to kill policemen in a village near the capital Manama as the Al Khalifa regime intensifies crackdown on opposition.
The court sentenced 12 of these Bahrainis to 10 years in jail each. Another person was also given a three-year prison term.
These Bahrainis had taken part in an anti-regime demonstrations.
Separately, another court in Manama cleared a police officer of attempting to murder an anti-regime protester last year because of what was called insufficient proof, Press TV reported.
According to Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, the Manama regime's harsh clampdown on pro-democracy activists has intensified over the past months.
Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising started in the kingdom.