A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to ten anti-regime protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the kingdom.
On Tuesday, Bahrain’s Fifth High Criminal Court sentenced five of the defendants to ten years in jail, while the rest received five years in prison, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported.
The court found the anti-regime activists guilty of throwing Molotov cocktails at regime forces in the northern village of al-Daih, forming “unlawful” gatherings of more than five people and making incendiary devices.
On December 28, 2017, Bahrain’s Supreme Court of Appeal convicted two pro-democracy campaigners 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.