Manama–Bahrain’s High Court of Appeal has decided to uphold a decision to revoke the citizenship of 55 Bahrainis, and sentence five people to life in prison, and 51 others to jail terms of up to 15 years over charges of establishing a terrorist organization that targets policemen in Bahrain.
Also Thursday, the Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced 15 defendants for crimes and offences related to setting up a terror group and joining it, funding terrorism, causing an explosion, planting explosive objects, arson for the purpose of terror, rioting and possessing incendiary devices. The 15 suspects were stripped of their nationality and ordered to pay collectively BD 10,200 in compensation for damaged items. They were accused of attempted murder, arson for terror purposes, rioting and possessing Molotov cocktails.
All suspects were stripped of their citizenship and received sentences varying between seven years and life in prison.
Chief Prosecutor of the Terror Crimes Prosecution, Isa al-Rowai, said that the First High Court of Appeal upheld the verdict issued against a number of suspects who were convicted over charges of founding, organizing and managing an illegal group to paralyze the constitution and laws, preventing state institutions and authorities from exercising their responsibilities, and undermining national unity through the use of terrorist means.
The defendants formed a terrorist organization and recruited Bahraini individuals with the aim of escalating terrorist acts in the country by targeting national security and sensitive installations, including the embassy of Saudi Arabia.
They also planned to carry out attacks with the intent of killing policemen, as well as disrupting public order, preventing public authorities from exercising their work, jeopardizing people’s safety and security and attempting to overthrow the political system.
The court charged defendants with receiving training on making explosives and weapons. They were also accused of smuggling firearms and explosives into the country, as well as smuggling fugitives by sea.
The defendants were charged with raising funds in Bahrain to buy equipment needed for carrying out criminal activities, rallying and covering the group’s activities in the media to promote their terrorist goals under the slogan of Revolutionary Media.
The investigation also revealed that a defendant had issued orders to one of the accused to carry out terrorist acts during the national celebrations and to target the Saudi embassy and King Fahad Bridge. Several ready-to-use bombs intended for their terrorist acts were found.