BAHRAIN: PROTESTER SENTENCED TO DEATH
February 19, 2014: A Bahrain court sentenced a protester to death and jailed six others for life after they were convicted of killing a policeman a year ago, a judicial source said.
Two others were sentenced to five and six years in prison respectively on similar charges.
The officer, Mohammad Atef, died on February 14, 2013, after he was hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with protesters in a village near the capital.
In addition to killing the policeman, the nine defendants were also convicted of taking part in an âunlicensed protestâ.
Death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment â 25 years â in the kingdom.
Scores of activists have been tried over unrest in Bahrain that erupted during Arab Spring-inspired protests in mid-February 2011.
Last year, the authorities increased the penalties for those convicted of violence, introducing the death penalty or life terms in cases that resulted in deaths or injuries. (Sources: AFP, 19/02/2014)