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Manama- Security authorities in Bahrain referred on Wednesday the files of 60 suspects to court on charges of forming and joining a terrorist organization and committing several crimes, including the escape of ten inmates from the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre in Jau Prison last January.

Out of the 60 suspects, 24 cases will be tried in absentia.

The charges against the suspects include receiving training in Iran and Iraq in Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) military camps on the use of weapons and explosives to later implement their terrorist crimes in Bahrain.

The High Criminal Court decided to look into their case on August 22.

Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi, head of the Anti-terror Prosecution said investigations were completed regarding the case of forming a terrorist organization, as 60 suspects, including 24 in absentia, were referred to the relevant court on charges of forming and joining a terrorist organization.

The suspects are also accused of being trained on the use of weapons and explosives to carry out terrorist attacks, deliberately murdering policemen and importing and possessing explosives, firearms, and ammunition. They also carried out armed robberies to finance their terrorist plans and assisted convicts and runaway inmates.

According to the investigations, 12 suspects have joined the terrorist group and were still at large in Iran, Iraq, and in Germany, while 46 suspects were still in Bahrain, including the ten convicted inmates who escaped from Jau prison facility.

Members of the terrorist group planned several terrorist crimes to destabilize public order and undermine the Kingdom’s security and national unity.

Investigations also revealed that the terrorist group leaders provided members with plans to commit terrorist operations and gave them the tools, weapons, and explosives to carry out their plots.