Bahraini court gives death sentence to activist, life terms to nearly two dozen others


A court in Bahrain has sentenced a Shia activist to death and passed life imprisonment against nearly two dozen other political dissidents as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on pro-democracy protesters in the Gulf kingdom.

On Thursday, Bahrain's Fourth High Criminal Court passed the death penalty on a Bahraini national and sentenced 23 other activists to life in prison, the Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

Furthermore, the court stripped all the activists of their Bahraini citizenship.

Manama has accused all the defendants of launching an alleged bomb attack in the area of the western coastal village of Dumistan back in 2014, which resulted in the death of a security officer, the report further said.

The court also ordered the third and fourth convicts to pay a fine of 200,000 dinars ($ 530,480) each.


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