Bahraini court passes prison sentences on 21 activists

A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences ranging from two to fifteen years to 21 anti-Manama protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the kingdom.

On Thursday, Bahrain’s Supreme Court of Appeal, presided by Judge Mohammed bin Ali Al Khalifah, found the defendants guilty of attempts to kill two policemen by setting fire to the patrol car they had been riding, and the destruction of a truck belonging to a food company, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported.

The ruled that three defendants must be sentenced to 10 years in prison instead of 15, while the fourth was given a 15-year jail term.

Sixteen others have to serve two years in jail instead of three, while the last one received a three-year prison sentence.

The Manama regime has stepped up crackdown on political dissent in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah during a summit in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh last month.