Bahrain suspect terror cell trial adjourned

January 9, 2012

A Bahraini court on Monday postponed the trial of a suspect terror cell to January 25.

The high criminal court would use the time to look into requests made by the defense team.

According to the case papers, the alleged cell had plotted to target the Saudi embassy in Manama, the building of the interior ministry and the 25-kilometres long King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The interior ministry in November said that it received information from Qatari security officials about the arrest of four Bahrainis who had entered Qatar through Saudi Arabia.

The Qataris said they discovered documents and a laptop containing sensitive security information and details about some vital establishments in Bahrain, as well as airline bookings to Syria with the suspects. Significant cash amounts in US and Iranian currencies were also found on them.

The Qatari security authorities questioned the suspects and enquiries revealed that the suspects had illegally left Bahrain after being incited by others to head to Iran, passing through Qatar and Syria, to establish a group that carries out terrorist operations in Bahrain against vital establishments and individuals, the ministry said.

Bahrain’s authorities received the four suspects on November 4 and legal procedures were taken against the suspects.

Enquiries in Bahrain confirmed that the suspects were targeting the King Fahad Causeway, the interior ministry building, the Saudi embassy and individuals, the ministry said.

The four suspects also provided details about fifth individual, a Bahraini, who was arrested.



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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