Bahraini courts sentence 18 citizens to years in prison
Bahraini courts have handed down jail terms to 18 people over a range of allegations, among them attacks against police, as the Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its crackdown on critics.
An appeals court upheld a five-year imprisonment verdict against a Bahraini national on charges of causing an accident with a police vehicle.The court also ordered the defendant to pay 250 Bahraini dinars (some 665 dollars) in fines, the Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror website reported.
In another case, the appeals court sentenced nine people each to five years imprisonment over allegations of beating a policeman, injuring an Asian national and taking part in a gathering of more than five people.
Bahrain’s Supreme Criminal Court also convicted six other citizens of participating in a gathering of more than five people and inciting violence, sentencing him to seven years in prison.
Another Bahraini got a 3-year jail term at the same court and was fined 300 Bahraini dinars (about 797 dollars).
In a separate case, a court increased the jail term handed down to a person from seven to nine years.
Setting fire to tires during ant-regime gatherings and spreading terror among people were among the other charges brought against the defendants.