Monday, December 25, 2017

Six sentenced to death in Bahrain

A Bahraini military court has sentenced five civilians and one soldier to death on terrorism charges. Here is the Bahrain News Agency's report:
The Military High Court today issued its ruling in the case of 18 members of a terrorist cell, ten of whom appeared in custody and eight were fugitives in Bahrain or abroad in Iran and Iraq. 
The defendants were accused with the formation of a terrorist cell, attempting to assassinate the BDF Commander-in-Chief and committing other terrorist crimes. 
The court convicted and sentenced the six defendants to capital punishment, 15 years years in jail and the revocation of their Bahraini nationality. They are Mubarak Adel Mubarak Mahanna (Soldier), Fadhel Al Sayed Abbas Hassan Radhi, Sayed Alawi Hussain Alawi Hussain, Mohammed Abdulhassan Ahmed Al Metghawi, Murtada Majeed Ramadan Alawi (Al Sindi) and Habeeb Abdullah Hassan Ali (Al Jamri). 
The court also convicted and sentenced seven defendants to seven years in jail and stripped them of their Bahraini nationality. 
They are Mohammed Abdulhassan Saleh Al Shehabi, Mohammed Abdulwahid Mohammed Al Najjar, Hussain Mohammed Ahmed Shehab, Mohammed Yousef Marhoon Al Ajmi, Hussain Ali Mohsen Baddaw, Sayed Mohammed Qassim Mohammed and Ali Jaffar Hassan Al Rayes
The court acquitted five defendants: Ali Ahmed Khalifa Salman (Al Karbabadi), Hussain Essam Hussain Al Durazi, Muntazhir Fawzi Abdulkareem Mahdi, Rami Ahmed Ali Al Aryash and Mohamed Abdullah Ebrahim Abbas
All the judicial sureties [protections? - ed.] were granted by the Military Judiciary in compliance with the 2002 Criminal Procedures Law and the 2002 Military Judiciary Law, including access to defence lawyers. 
The defendants have the right to challenge the ruling of the court of first instance at the Military Appeals High Court and the Military Court of Cassation according to the provisions of the law. 
Representatives of human rights institutions and societies and media and several relatives of the defendants attended the court session.
Human rights jurisprudence strongly disfavors the trial of civilians by military courts.

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