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Ruling due in Sitra bombing trial

Bahrain News
Mon, 18 Apr 2016

Bahrain: A ruling is due next month in the trial of nine people in connection with a bombing that seriously injured a policeman near Sitra Post Office on March 23, 2014.

The High Criminal Court yesterday adjourned the trial until May 7 to deliver its verdict.

Only three of the defendants were present at yesterday’s hearing, while four others in custody refused to attend and two others are still at large and being tried in absentia.

All nine Bahrainis are charged with attempted murder, possessing Molotov cocktails, rioting and causing an explosion.

They were allegedly among a mob that pelted officers with stones and firebombs before luring them to the location of the planted bomb, which was detonated remotely. 

A policeman previously described how he narrowly escaped death when the bomb was detonated just 20 metres from where he was standing near the post office.

The 31-year-old was struck by shrapnel in the thigh from the blast and required surgery at BDF Hospital.

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