News ID: 215106
Published: 0120 GMT May 15, 2018

Bahrain revokes citizenship of 115 people in mass trial

Bahrain revokes citizenship of 115 people in mass trial

Prosecutors in Bahrain said a court revoked the citizenship of 115 people in a mass trial amid a years-long crackdown on all dissent in the island kingdom.

Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday the decision came in a trial targeting members of a suspected terror group in the small island nation, AP wrote.

The statement said 53 defendants received life sentences, while dozens of others faced prison time. It said 23 defendants were acquitted.

Bahraini officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment for more information.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.

They are demanding that the Al Khalifa regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the crackdown.

On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s Parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide. Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3 last year.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet and a new British naval base.



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