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Final arguments set in pipeline blast case

Bahrain News
Sat, 15 Sep 2018
By Noor Zahra

LAWYERS will submit their final arguments in the trial of seven men who allegedly blew up an oil pipeline in Buri on the orders of their handlers in Iran in an attempt to cripple Bahrain’s economy.

Two men, aged 22 and 23, planted and remotely detonated a bomb at a section of the pipeline in Buri on November 10 last year, according to prosecutors.

Seven defendants have been charged in connection with the blast, which targeted one of three pipelines supplying crude oil to the Bapco refinery from Saudi Aramco.

Four of them who are in custody appeared in the High Criminal Court where they earlier denied involvement.

The three others are still at large and being tried in absentia.

A leading judge adjourned the trial until Tuesday for lawyers to submit their final arguments.

A policeman earlier described how the defendants aimed to overthrow the government and cripple Bahrain’s economy.

However, one of the defendants requested to be acquitted claiming there was insufficient evidence against him.

Thirty cars, 38 stores, 28 houses and five public properties were damaged in the explosion, which was followed by a massive blaze that could be seen rising into the night sky from several kilometres away.

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from a hospital and homes in the village, with work still ongoing to repair the damage.

The affected pipeline had to be temporarily closed.

Of the four men in custody two are said to have received militia training in camps belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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