Bahrain’s Dictator Not after Peaceful Resolution of Crisis: Opposition Leader
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The leader of Bahrain’s Islamic Action Society (Al Amal) condemned the Al Khalifa regime’s move to issue death sentences against six citizens on political grounds, and said the Bahraini dictator king is not seeking to resolve the country’s crisis through peaceful means.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Seyed Jafar al-Alawi condemned the Manama regime for sentencing six citizens to death in a military court on Monday on trumped-up charges.
“The fact is that the Bahraini regime is struggling with several crises, one of which is related to its own people in Bahrain, and it never seeks to resolve this crisis through a correct and peaceful way,” he said.
For the reason, the opposition leader added, the regime favors the deterioration of the situation and creation of more tensions, which is the characteristic of dictatorships.
The Bahraini military court handed down the death sentences on Monday and revoked the six people’s citizenship for “forming a terror cell, attempting to assassinate Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and committing other acts of terror.”
The King of Bahrain in April ratified the constitutional amendment giving the military judiciary vast authorities, including trying civilians.
Bahraini authorities claim that this law is meant to combat terrorism, yet it brings back the same approach of military courts upon which authorities tried people by virtue of the martial law imposed by the king in March 2011.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.