Bahraini Regime Sentences 2 Activists to Death, Gives Jail Terms to Dozens
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Manama regime, in yet another move to silence the voices of dissent, on Wednesday issued death sentences against two political activists and sentenced dozens more to jail terms on trumped-up charges, media reports said.
A Bahraini court has given the death sentences to the two activists on the charge of participation in the murder of a regime officer, the Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported.
The court also sentenced four Bahraini girls to 5 years in prison, the report said, adding that 19 dissidents were also sentenced to life imprisonment, 17 to 15 years, 9 to 10 years and 11 others to five years in prison.
The al Khalifa regime’s court also stripped 47 Bahraini citizens of their nationality, according to the report.
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.
Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.