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33 terror convicts appeal sentence

Bahrain News
Fri, 09 Mar 2018
GDN Online Desk

THIRTY-THREE convicted terrorists have lodged an appeal.

They were among 60 people, who went on trial for belonging to a terrorist cell that was behind a spate of violent attacks, including a deadly jailbreak.

The High Criminal Court in January sentenced two men to death, 19 others to life in prison, 17 people to 15 years in jail, nine to 10 years and 11 to five years, and acquitted two suspects.

Thirty three of them lodged appeals at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court, which adjourned the case until April 2 for lawyers to submit their arguments.

Those sentenced were found guilty of establishing and joining a terrorist group, receiving weapons and explosives training to carry out terrorist attacks, murder, premeditated murder as well as importing, using and possessing explosives, firearms and ammunition.

They carried out several terrorist attacks including an armed raid on Jaw Prison on January 1, 2017 during which 10 inmates escaped and a guard was killed, as well as the murder of policeman First Lieutenant Hisham Al Hammadi at his farm in Bilad Al Qadeem on January 28 last year.

The defendants were also implicated in a Bani Jamra shooting that injured a police officer on January 14 last year, an attempt to smuggle firearms and explosives into Bahrain from Iran and Iraq, as well as storage of weapons, ammunition and explosives in Sitra.

Some were said to have travelled to Iran and Iraq to receive weapons and explosives training in camps belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hizbollah.

The group is allegedly linked to several outfits established by the Saraya Al Ashtar (Al Ashtar Brigades) terrorist organisation.

Forty-eight of the defendants were also stripped of their citizenship.

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