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The state-run Bahrain News Public prosecutors have

Agency, citing a statement transferred the case against
from the governments Fadhel Radhi, who was
National Communication arrested in September
Bahrain to Try Two Centre, said on Wednesday 2016 and has been held
Civilians in Military the military judiciary would incommunicado since, to a
Court consider a case against
Bahrain Sends first
Civilian Case to Military military court, a statement
Two civilians will be tried three individuals, the two Court by the London-based rights
on terrorism charges in civilians and one from the group said.
a Bahrain military court military. Bahrain has referred its
first civilian case to a The lawyer for Radhi, a
for the first time under The three were charged Bahraini national, has no
new amendments issued military court following a
with committing crimes constitutional amendment information on the charges
in March that have drawn for terrorist purposes, to his client faces, Amnesty
sharp condemnation from approved by the king
target military facilities and last month, Amnesty said.
rights groups. personnel, it added. International said on Authorities in Bahrain have
Bahrains Shura Council read more Tuesday. cracked down on political
approved the amendments dissent, jailing hundreds
in March on the grounds Inspired in part by Arab
Spring uprisings, Bahrain of protesters and stripping
they would protect the a number of high-profile
Gulf island kingdom from has since 2011 witnessed
regular protests against the activists and Shiite clerics of
militant attack, and the citizenship.
justice minister said that Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty
those perpetrating attacks which has ruled the Shiite-
had forfeited access to majority Gulf kingdom for read more
civilian courts. more than two centuries.

in Bahrain on Tuesday telephone that he was

afternoon, planning to get hoping to get a visa at the
a visa on arrival with his airport, as is customary
U.S. passport as others for holders of American
attending the world soccer passports.
Bahrain Bars Human federations congress had Bahrain Bars Rights But he was denied a visa
Rights Watch Staffer before. Advocate from FIFA once he declared he was
from FIFA Event Instead, he said authorities Me eting there for the Fifa meeting
A Human Rights Watch held him inside Manamas A Human Rights Watch and that he worked for
activist said Wednesday international airport and staffer said Wednesday he HRW.
that Bahrain has barred questioned him for two was barred from entering They told me it was a
him from entering the hours as men wearing Bahrain for the annual decision from security
tiny island nation for the FIFA shirts, apparently Fifa congress in the Gulf services, Shakir said,
annual FIFA congress as the from the sports ministry, state, which restricts access pointing out that the initial
kingdom continues a wide- stood silently watching. to foreign activists and response was that he was
scale crackdown on dissent. They ultimately said he journalists. not on the list of attendees
couldnt enter the country provided by world footballs
Omar Shakir, the as he wasnt on an official HRW director for Israel and
organizations Israel- FIFA list, with one angry Palestine, Omar Shakir, said governing body Fifa.
Palestine director, said Bahraini official saying: If he spent 18 hours in the
he hoped to talk to FIFA you dont go buy your ticket airport before being obliged read more
officials and others about his now, well do it by force. to change his return ticket
concerns over Israeli soccer and board an outbound
teams playing in West Bank flight.
settlements. He arrived read more The US citizen toldAFPby