Bahrain court upholds life terms for opposition leaders

DUBAI — A Bahraini special court has upheld life jail sentences served on seven Shiite opposition leaders convicted of plotting to overthrow the regime in the Gulf kingdom, BNA official news agency said.

Jail sentences against seven other activists, ranging between two to 15 years and including Sunni opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif, were also upheld by the national safety appeals court, it said, quoting military general prosecutor Colonel Yusof Fulaifel.

Seven others, one sentenced to life in jail and the remainder to 15 years, remained at large and had not appealed against their sentences.

The appealed verdicts will go to a civil court of cassation for a final decision.

The eight activists sentenced to life include Hassan Mashaima, head of the Shiite opposition Haq movement, Abdulwahab Hussein, who leads the Shiite Wafa Islamic Movement, and Shiite human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen.

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One Response to “Bahrain court upholds life terms for opposition leaders”

  1. Rupen Savoulian Says:

    Seeing that the political repression is continuing in Bahrain, will the US and NATO countries discuss imposing a no-fly zone in that country to guarantee the safety of its citizens? Are there calls for a no-fly zone in Bahrain or Yemen? If you cannot hear those calls, there is a good reason – there are no such calls.

    Repression in that Gulf monarchical dictatorship has continued for the six or seven months since the start of the uprising there. It would not be that hard for the US to intervene; after all the US Fifth Fleet is based there. But the US is interested in preserving the rule of the dictatorship and the al-Khalifa ruling clan is feted by senior members of the Obama administration. All this while protestors are beaten, tortured and shot.


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