12 bombers given life sentences, lose Bahraini citizenship

12 people convicted of bombing police checkpoints received life sentences in Bahraini court in addition to getting stripped of their citizenship

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People walk past police patrol vehicles parked at one of the main entrances leading to downtown Manama, Bahrain October 18, 2015.

A Bahraini court sentenced 12 people to life in prison and revoked their citizenship, after finding them guilty of carrying out bomb attacks on police checkpoints, a senior judicial official said in a statement late Sunday.

Between 2013 and 2014, six bombings targeted the Bahraini police and the 12 suspects were found "directly linked" to the attacks, by the high criminal court of Bahrain.

Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency, that all defendants have a legal right to appeal the sentence.

Al Hammadi also stated fingerprints "which directly matched five of the suspects to explosives and bomb-making materials found in a house in Saar."

The Kingdom of Bahrain has struggled following the Arab Spring in 2011. Shiite opposition groups led mass street protests, accusing the Sunni-led government of sidelining the Shiite population, which makes up over 50 percent of the small kingdom’s census.

Bahrain, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, was faced with Shiite groups demanding reforms and a bigger role within the government. However, the Bahraini leadership dismissed any discrimination charges and accused the Shiite opposition of being an acting proxy for Iran, the region’s Shiite power.

TRTWorld and agencies