BAHRAIN INCREASES PUNISHMENT FOR TERROR ACTS TO DEATH PENALTY
August 1, 2013: Bahrain's King Hamad has decreed stiffer penalties for "terror acts" in the country rocked by a Shiite-led uprising since 2011, the official BNA news agency said.
Under a new law, suspects convicted for bomb attacks will be sentenced to life imprisonment or to death in cases of casualties, BNA said. The minimum penalty for an attempted bombing is 10 years behind bars.
The crimes previously carried unspecified jail terms.
Suspects found guilty of "raising money for a terrorist organisation" will be handed jail terms ranging 10 years to life.
Authorities will also have powers to revoke the citizenship of anyone found guilty of committing or inciting an act of terrorism.
Tensions have been on the rise in the Gulf kingdom ahead of a major opposition demonstration called for mid-August.
Authorities have already decided to ban the protest and threatened to severely punish those who take part. (Sources: middle-east-online.com, 01/08/2013)