TEN people found guilty of being part of a terrorist group conspiring with Iran against Bahrain have lost their appeals at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court.
They were among 19 men found guilty of espionage by the High Criminal Court in October last year.
The GDN previously reported that all the defendants are part of Al Basta (The Gathering) terrorist network as well as the outlawed Al Wafa Islamic Movement.
Eight defendants were sentenced to life behind bars – including Alsayed Murtadha Al Sindi who was branded a global terrorist by the US on March 17 last year.
Nine were sentenced to 15 years in prison each while the remaining two were jailed for 10 years.
They were also fined BD100,000 for funding terrorism while 15 of the defendants had their citizenships revoked.
Al Sindi, aged 34, has already been sentenced in absentia to a total of 84 years and six months in prison in connection with seven cases of running terrorist cells in co-operation with Iranian intelligence services and the Al Sadr Movement in Iraq.
The illicit group planned and carried out attacks from 2011 to 2015 on behalf of the outlawed February 14 Coalition and outlawed Al Wafa Islamic Movement to cripple Bahrain’s economy and overthrow the government.
The members received BD3,500 monthly from Iran and another $20,000 from Hizbollah.
Two Bahraini twin brothers, aged 33, formed the group and supplied sensitive intelligence about Bahrain’s security services to Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hizbollah.
The brothers admitted that Iran instructed a Bahraini opposition leader to step up political demands and declare Bahrain an ‘Islamic republic’.
The brothers travelled to Iran where they met officials from the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and cell members met former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s grandson Hassan Khomeini.
The group also met Hizbollah members and Iranian militants who instructed them to damage Bahrain’s image abroad and carry out terrorist attacks in the country to ‘destabilise the region’.