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Hamad keeps political prisoners hostage – Bahrain Courts of Injustice uphold convictions

Bahrain: Appeals Court Upholds Life Imprisonment for Opposition Leaders
4 September, 2012 – by Amira Al Hussaini – Global Voices

Bahrain’s High Court of Appeals upheld jail sentences against 20 opposition figures accused of plotting to overthrow the regime today [September 4, 2012]. While international human rights organisations describes them as “prisoners of conscience,” Bahraini authorities and the local Press call them “terrorists” for their role in anti-government protests, which started in Bahrain on February 14, 2011.

Eight of them have been slapped with life in prison; the rest have been given jail sentences ranging from five to 15 years.

Supporters called the trial a sham, rejecting its ruling and pledging to continue with anti-government demonstrations. …more

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