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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 August 2018

Bahrain upholds death sentence for bombing linked to Iran

The Court of Cassation upheld capital punishment for one defendant, a life sentence for a second, and lengthy prison terms for six others

A pro-government protester holds up a placard as she participates in a rally to show support towards GCC Union, in Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Manama, on May 19, 2012. Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters
A pro-government protester holds up a placard as she participates in a rally to show support towards GCC Union, in Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Manama, on May 19, 2012. Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

Bahrain's highest appeals court on Monday upheld a death sentence and lengthy jail terms in a mass trial over a fatal 2016 bombing that authorities have linked to Iran.

The Court of Cassation upheld capital punishment for one defendant, a life sentence for a second, and lengthy prison terms for six others, according to a statement by the public prosecutor's office.

All eight have also had their Bahraini citizenship revoked.

The 2016 bombing, in the eastern village of Sitra, targeted a police patrol, authorities said at the time. The casualties, however, were civilians — a woman was killed and her three children wounded.

A criminal court found 10 Bahrainis guilty of charges linked to the attack, including homicide, ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, espionage and "terrorist" activity.

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Located between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Bahrain has been the site of Shiite-led protests demanding an elected government since 2011.

Bahrain's rulers accuse Iran of backing the protesters and inciting unrest in the kingdom, a charge Tehran denies.

The archipelago plays a key military role in the Gulf, hosting both the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and a British military base under construction.

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