Bahrain jails 29 people over 2014 bombing

Bahrain court sentences 29 people to jail, up to 25 years on terror charges, Bahrain News Agency reports

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

An explosives specialist police officer carries a bag of samples collected after a bomb blast in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, Bahrain on July 28, 2015

High Criminal Court of Bahrain has sentenced 29 people for five to 25 years in prison on charges of attempt-to-murder policemen in a bomb attack.

Terror Crime Prosecution Chief Ahmed al Hammadi said in a statement that, two of the Bahraini convict’s citizenships have been revoked, the BNA news agency reported.

"The convictions relate to attempted murder of policemen, using and possessing explosives and weapons, rioting, and receiving and providing explosives," Hammadi said.

No other details on the convictions and identity of the defendants have been released.

The bomb blast carried out on December 19, 2014, in a Shiite village did not result in any casualties, but damaged police vehicles and wounded three officers.

Since the country’s Shiite majority’s uprising in 2011, the country has been faced with frequent attacks, with demanding greater political rights from the Sunni-led monarchy.

According to the government, the opposition has an exclusive agenda and is back by Shiite Iran, however the Shiite groups deny the allegation and claim that claim that the government discriminates against Shiites. 

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