Bahrain court gives life sentence to nearly dozen dissidents


A court in Bahrain has sentenced 10 anti-regime protesters to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in the Gulf kingdom.

On Wednesday, the High Criminal Court found the defendants guilty over the allegedly finding of 1.5 tons of ammunition and explosive devices in Nuwaidrat village, located about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of the capital Manama, in late September 2015, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

The court also gave a jail term of 10 years to another defendant over the case, and ordered the first three convicts to pay a fine of 300,000 dinars ($797,872).

The first convict was Sayyid Morteza al-Sanadi, whom military courts sentenced to death along with five others the previous day.


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