BAHRAIN UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR BOMBING LINKED TO IRAN
February 26, 2018:
Bahrain's highest appeals court upheld a death sentence and lengthy jail terms in a mass trial over a fatal 2016 bombing that authorities have linked to Iran. (Sources: Afp, 26/02/2018)
The Court of Cassation upheld capital punishment for one defendant, a life sentence for a second, and lengthy prison terms for six others, according to a statement by the public prosecutor's office.
All eight have also had their Bahraini citizenship revoked.
A judicial source close to the case said the defendants were Shiites, who form the majority of the population in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.
The 2016 bombing, in the eastern village of Sitra, targeted a police patrol, authorities said at the time. The casualties, however, were civilians -- a woman was killed and her three children wounded.
A criminal court found 10 Bahrainis guilty of charges linked to the attack, including homicide, ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, espionage and "terrorist" activity.
Authorities say two of them are still on the run.