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Woman denies charges of hiding fugitive

Bahrain News
Sun, 04 Mar 2018
By Feras Ahmedi

A WOMAN accused of sheltering a terrorist has had her trial adjourned for witnesses to give evidence.

The 55-year-old Bahraini is being tried at the High Criminal Court. She allegedly harboured a 21-year-old Bahraini fugitive, who had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in absentia for terrorism charges, which included undergoing weapons and explosives training.

He was allegedly given refuge in the woman’s home in Bilad Al Qadeem during 2013 and is named as a co-defendant in the trial, having been handed an additional charge of evading arrest.

However, the woman claims he was not wanted by police when she let him stay in her home.

“My co-defendant is my nephew’s friend and he comes to our house in Bilad Al Qadeem,” she said in her statement to prosecutors. “When he came during 2013, he was not wanted by police.”

An investigating officer told prosecutors that police became aware of the fugitive’s location after receiving a tip-off.

“I received information from secret sources about a woman hiding the fugitive, who was wanted for a terrorism-related case,” the policeman said in his statement.

“She was sheltering him for around a month.” The case was yesterday adjourned until May 20.