BAHRAIN: APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS SENTENCES OVER POLICE MURDER
January 23, 2013: A Bahraini appeals court upheld a death sentence and a life-term respectively passed on two protesters convicted of murdering a policeman during a Shiite-led uprising last year, lawyers said.
The court upheld the death sentence handed down in September 2011 to Ali al-Taweel and the term of life imprisonment given Ali Shamlo, both convicted of running over policeman Ahmed al-Mreyssi with the intention of killing him.
The attack is said to have taken place in the Shiite village of Sitra during unrest in the wake of a government crackdown on demonstrations in mid-March 2011.
Both men said they will appeal at the court of cassation.
Al-Wefaq, the largest opposition bloc in Bahrain, slammed the court verdict as "oppressive", claiming confessions the prisoners made were extracted under torture.
The sentences were first handed down to the protesters by a court set up under a state of national safety, a lower level of emergency law declared by King Hamad in mid-March 2011. In June that year, the king lifted the measure. (Sources: AFP, 23/01/2013)