Bahraini court sentences seven activists to 7 years in prison

Press TV – A court in Bahrain has sentenced seven anti-regime campaigners to seven years in prison each over their alleged involvement in an attack on Al Khalifah regime forces.

On Monday, Bahrain’s Fourth High Criminal Court handed down the prison sentences to the defendants on charges of hurling a petrol bomb at an armored police vehicle in the village of Shakhurah on March 17, 2016, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported.

The purported assault left a policeman with minor burns on his face.

The court also acquitted three suspects.

On March 23, a Bahraini court sentenced three people to death over purported bombings, which targeted anti-riot patrols in al-Qurayyah village and left a number of police officers injured.

Four other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, eight were handed down 15-year prison sentences, and two received 10-year jail terms.

The court also ordered the confiscation of all materials seized from the suspects.

Anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom on February 14, 2011.

They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to assist the Manama government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or been arrested as a result of Bahrain’s crackdown.