Bahrain jails 12 convicted bombers for life, revokes citizenship

DUBAI: A Bahraini criminal court sentenced 12 people for life and revoked their citizenship after finding them guilty of carrying out bomb attacks on police, a senior judicial official said in a statement late on Sunday.


Evidence showed that the defendants, tried at the High Criminal Court, were “directly linked” to six bombings carried out between 2013 and 2014, advocate general Ahmed Al-Hammadi said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency.

The official said formal charges were made against the defendants after evidence gathered including fingerprints, “which directly matched five of the suspects to explosives and bomb-making materials found in a house in Saar”, the statement said.

The defendants had full and legal rights to appeal, the statement added.

The island kingdom, which hosts the United States Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, has experienced sporadic unrest since mass protests in 2011.