Bahrain court sentences nine to 20 years for kidnapping policeman

May 20, 2011

A Bahraini court has sentenced nine people charged with kidnapping a policeman to 20 years in prison.

Only one defendant, Ali Saeed Abdul Aziz, was acquitted in the case by the National Safety Court of First Instance, composed of one military and two civil judges.

The court verdict is not final and can be appealed within two weeks. Under the state of national safety, the National Safety Court of Appeals looks into rulings issued by the lower court.

The appeals court is expected to announce on Sunday its final ruling in the case of four defendants sentenced to death and three to life in prison for their alleged role in the death of two policemen in March.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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