Bahrain court sentences terror cell members to 15 years

May 29, 2012

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced six people to 15 years in prison after they were found guilty of plotting to carry out acts of terrorism in the kingdom.

Two of the eight accused put on trial for their suspected terrorist activities were released by the high criminal court.

Manama in November said that the alleged terror cell, uncovered by Qatar, had plotted to target the Saudi Arabian embassy in Manama, the building of the interior ministry and the 25km-long King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

According to the interior ministry, Qatar relayed the information on the arrest of the four Bahrainis who had entered Qatar through Saudi Arabia.

Qatari authorities said they seized documents and a laptop containing sensitive security information and details of vital establishments in Bahrain, as well as the suspects’ airline bookings to Syria.

Also seized were unspecified sums of foreign currency, including US dollars and Iranian rials.

Bahrain’s authorities said the four defendants also provided details about other people involved in the cell.

On interrogation, they admitted that they left Bahrain and were told to head to Iran through Qatar and Syria and set up an organisation that will carry out acts of terror in Bahrain.

Three of the eight members were tried in absentia.




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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