Bahraini court gives prison sentences to two anti-regime activists

A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to two anti-regime protesters and stripped them of their citizenship 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 convicted the defendants of affiliation to the opposition al-Wafa’a Islamic Party, and sentenced one of them to 10 years in jail, while the other received 7 years in prison, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

The development came a day after Bahrain’s High Criminal Court sentenced 10 anti-regime protesters to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship.

The defendants were found guilty in connection with the discovery of 1.5 tons of ammunition and explosive devices in Nuwaidrat village, located about 10 kilometers south of the capital Manama, in late September 2015.

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 in late May.

Less than 48 hours after the US president left Saudi Arabia, Bahraini regime troops attacked supporters of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim in the northwestern village of Diraz, killing at least five people and arresting 286 others. Reports said 19 policemen were also injured in the clashes.

The London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Trump “effectively gave Hamad a blank check to continue the repression of his people.”

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