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Bahrain: Cassation Court Upholds Sentence to Strip Citizenship from Isa Qassim

Bahrain: Cassation Court Upholds Sentence to Strip Citizenship from Isa Qassim

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 - 09:15

A Bahraini cassation court upheld a one-year jail term against Sheikh Isa Qassim and confirmed a decision to revoke the his citizenship.

On May 21, 2017, a one-year in prison sentence was issued in this case after Qassim was accused of fundraising in illegal ways along with money-laundering. The sentence also included a $265,000 penalty for each one of the convicts in addition to confiscating funds and properties.

The court rejection of the cassation submitted by Hassan Youssef Qassab is considered the last degree of litigation in the case of money-laundering in which Qassim, Qassab and Mirza Dirazi are accused of.

This case went public after the Bahraini government shut down Islamic Enlightenment Society on June 14 in 2016.

Subsequently, the Bahraini security and judiciary bodies disclosed a series of violations that jeopardized the Bahraini security. Qassim and his assistants, however, carried out several attempts to delude the Bahraini judiciary, legal and security bodies.

Investigations revealed that these transactions and financial deception were serving terrorist organizations inside and outside Bahrain.

A report issued then by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) showed the total of deposited amount in the four accounts of Qassim, a total of USD14 million. The same report showed that the total withdrawals reached around USD6.6 million.

On July 20, 2016 the Bahraini government decided to strip the Bahraini citizenship from Qassim.

In a related matter, the Court of cassation upheld the execution verdict issued on Feb. 19, 2014 in the case of one of the murderers of officer Mohammad Asef Khan in the locally-manufactured explosion in west Manama, Sehla.

The criminal was part of a nine-member group in which six convicts were sentenced to life-imprisonment, another one for six years in prison and five years to the last convict in addition to a BHD500 penalty.

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