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Bahrain upholds death sentences over police killings during protests

Death sentences upheld for two protesters convicted of killing police during anti-government demonstrations.

DUBAI // A special appeals court in Bahrain has upheld the death sentences of two people convicted of killing policemen during anti-government demonstrations in March.

Bahrain's state news agency says two others who had been sentenced to death had their sentences reduced to life in prison on Sunday.

Life sentences previously handed down to three others in the same case were upheld.

The appeals, as with the previous trial, were heard in a special security court presided over by civil and military judges. The court was set up under emergency laws implemented in March during a government crackdown on the Shiite-led protests.

Rights groups have expressed concern about the closed-door trials.