29-30 Mar 2017

allied kingdom are cracking other 10 received sentences
down on dissent by ranging from 10 years to life
arresting activists, banning imprisonment.
the main Shi›ite opposition The Bahraini al-Wasat
Bahrain sentences two al-Wefaq group and taking
to death over 2015 bomb news website said the case
steps to dissolve a secular Bahrain sentences 2 involves 24 defendants
attack that killed two association.
policemen people to death on terror charged with establishing
Bahrain had been hit by charges a terror cell that killed
A Bahraini court on occasional unrest since members of the police and
Wednesday sentenced two authorities crushed 2011 A court in Bahrain on was involved in other acts
citizens to death over a 2015 protests, mainly by the Wednesday sentenced of violence. The group
bomb attack that killed two Shi›ite majority demanding two people to death on was also found guilty of
police officers and wounded a bigger share in running terror charges and handed harboring fugitives, among
six others, the public the country. down lengthy sentences other charges.
prosecutor said. to 11 others, including
read more a former lawmaker who The statement from the
The High Criminal Court was sentenced to 10 years public prosecutor said the
also sentenced five other in prison, according to a court ordered eight of the
people to life in jail and statement from the public defendants stripped of their
15 more to prison terms prosecutor. nationality. Al-Wasat earlier
ranging from six months reported that nine were
to 10 years, while two more Hassan Isa was a senior stripped of their nationality.
were cleared, the prosecutor member of the main
said in a statement. Shiite opposition Al- read more
Wefaq group,  which was
Authorities in the Western- dissolved last year. The

member of the now-banned of concerns that Bahrain
Al-Wefaq opposition group, had not made promised
was found guilty of using improvements to its human
Iranian funds to finance a Trump administration rights record.
«terrorist cell», the source pursues sale of F-16›s to The Trump administration
Bahrain Sentences Two said. One of those given the Bahrain has separated the human
to Death for Police death penalty was sentenced rights issues from the
in absentia. President Donald Trump›s
B ombing administration has transfer, the source said.
A Bahraini court sentenced In total 24 people were informed Congress of Members of Congress were
two people to death on tried in connection with the its plan to pursue the $5 not immediately available to
Wednesday over a deadly attack. Two were acquitted billion sale to Bahrain comment on whether they
bomb attack on a police while 20 were handed of 19 Lockheed Martin would object to the sale
patrol in 2015, a judicial prison sentences ranging F-16 aircraft and related over human rights concerns
source said. from six months to life. equipment, which was held this time.
Eight of the defendants were up last year by concerns
Five others were also stripped of citizenship. about human rights, a The $4.867 billion sale
sentenced to life in prison congressional source said includes the aircraft, 23
while six defendants The July 2015 bombing of engines, radars and other
a police patrol in the Shia on Wednesday.
received 10-year sentences, avionics, air-to-air and air-
including a Shia cleric, the quarter of Sitra, a mixed The State Department to-ground ordnance and
source said, requesting Sunni-Shia village south of originally notified Congress related equipment.
anonymity as he was not the capital Manama, killed of the sale last September
authorised to brief the press. two officers and wounded during President Barack
six others. Obama›s administration. read more
The cleric, Sheikh Hassan It was pulled back because
Issa, a former MP and read more
fleet. Though Congress
has opportunities to block
the sale, it is unlikely it
will act to do so, given
the Republican majority›s
Trump Administration strong support for the sale.
Drops Human Rights in The decision is the
Bahrain F-16 Deal latest signal that the
The Trump administration Trump administration is
has told Congress it plans prioritizing support for
to approve a multibillion- Sunni-led countries seen as
dollar sale of F-16 fighter critical to opposing Iran›s
jets to Bahrain without the influence in the Mideast
human rights conditions over human rights issues
imposed by the State that Obama had elevated.
Department under
President Barack Obama. read more
If finalized, the approval
would allow the Gulf island
to purchase 19 of the jets
from Maryland-based
Lockheed Martin Corp.,
plus improvements to
other jets in Bahrain›s