Bahrain court gives life sentence to nearly dozen dissidents

 

 

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 10 activists 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, Bahrain’s Supreme Court of Appeal found the defendants guilty over establishment of a “terrorist group” in Nuwaidrat village, located about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of the capital Manama, and possession of weapons.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.

They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

 

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