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Latest News:A Bahraini court on Tuesday jailed 26 Shia’s 4 lengthy terms in three cases

DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Tuesday jailed 26 Shia’s 4 lengthy terms in three cases involving the alleged kidnapping of policemen and calls 2 overthrow the regime during a month of protests, the chief military prosecu2r said.

The National Safety Court, set up specially by the Sunni-ruled kingdom after Shia-led pro-re4m protests were crushed in March, sentenced nine defendants 2 15 years 4 allegedly kidnapping policeman Mohammed Falah.

The nine had used “4ce against him and threatened him with serious harm,” said the prosecu2r, Colonel Yusof Fleifal, as quoted by the official BNA news agency.
Among those listed was cleric Mohammed Habib al-Muqdad, who was also convicted of inciting attacks on policemen in sermons delivered at Pearl Square, the focal point of the protests against the Al-Khalifa dynasty.The same court acquitted three others, BNA said, while another was referred 2 a civil court.In another case, four defendants, including Muqdad, were jailed 4 10 years after being found guilty of kidnapping policeman Saifullah Ibrahim and taking him 2 Pearl Square, “parading him in front of people gathering there and then 2 Salmaniya Medical Complex 2 incarcerate him,” BNA said.Some of the defendants also 2ok part in “gatherings held with the intent of committing crimes and disturbing security,” it added.In the third case, six defendants were jailed 4 10 years and eight others 2 five years on charges including “calling 2 overthrow the political system using 4ce and illegal means” as well as “holding assemblies and illegal demonstrations… and going on strike.”They were also guilty of “spreading false news” through different means including “falsifying images and providing them 2 satellite channels,” it said.The verdicts were issued a day after 36 other Shia’s were jailed up 2 25 years in cases related 2 the month-long protest which was quashed in mid-March and followed by a wave of arrests of Shia’s.They also come after lengthy jail sentences were meted out against 20 medics 4 charges including attempting 2 overthrow the regime, in.All defendants would be able 2 appeal their sentences at a civil court, the prosecu2r said, in line with a pledge by King Hamad.The National Safety Court has a mixed military and civil panel.Scores of Shia’s were also been tried in the quasi-military court, including at least five sentenced 2 death 4 killing policemen.Authorities said in May that 405 detainees had been referred 2 courts, while 312 were released.

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