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Bahrain: Five Ashtar Brigades Convicts Sentenced to Life-sentence

Bahrain: Five Ashtar Brigades Convicts Sentenced to Life-sentence

Friday, 1 November, 2019 - 08:00
Police and security officials stand guard at a checkpoint on a highway in Sanabis west of Manama, Bahrain on February 9, 2017. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

The Bahraini judiciary issued Thursday life sentences in the case of five convicts for charges of forming a terrorist cell affiliated with al-Ashtar Brigades, which is designated a terrorist by the Arab anti-terror quartet.

The sentence also targets two convicts from the same organization who were sentenced to seven years in prison.

Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution Advocate General Ahmed al-Hammadi stated that the fourth High Criminal Court awarded varying jail terms to seven terror suspects found guilty of running and joining a terrorist organization.

Hammadi added that the court sentenced the first five suspects to life in jail and handed down the sixth and seventh suspects seven-year jail terms.

The court also ordered the confiscation of the seized items. The suspects were charged with possessing and manufacturing explosives, possessing firearms and ammunition without a license, receiving training on weapons and explosive materials and funding terrorism.

Court files say the first suspect, a member of the “Al-Ashtar Brigades”, recruited the fourth suspect to commit terror crimes against Bahrain’s kingdom. He received training in 2017 with the assistance of the sixth and second suspects. The fourth suspect also recruited the fifth.

The files say Iraqi “Kataib Hezbollah” also trained the fifth suspect in 2016 to make explosive materials and devices.

The fourth suspect was instructed by the first to receive the explosive device and monitor the security patrols accompanying oil tankers to target them. The third suspect instructed the fifth to receive and transport firearms and materials for terrorist purposes.

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