Bahrain: 138 People Jailed For Planning ‘Iranian-Linked Terror’ Group

Bahrain on Tuesday jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a “terror” group with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said.

The High Criminal Court sentenced 69 terror suspects to life in prison, 39 to 10 years, 23 to seven years,  one to five years and seven to three years, and acquitted 30, said Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution.

The court ordered 96 suspects to pay BD100,000 each, 12 to pay BD 500 each, and one defendant to pay BD 231 and 800 fils in consideration for the value of damages. The court revoked the nationality of 138 defendants and confiscated the seized materials.

169 defendants were charged with forming, establishing and joining a terror group, detonating explosives, attempted murder, illegal handling, possessing and using unlicensed firearms, making explosive devices, funding a terror organization, concealing weapons, ammunitions and explosives, causing explosions and damaging private and public properties.

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Based on a report from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID), a terrorist cell was formed in Bahrain funded by, and at the behest of Iranian regime leaders who ordered the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) elements to unify the Bahrain-based terrorist elements to carry out their plots and acts of terrorism against Bahrain. They held intensive meetings with the leaders and elements of terrorist groups in Iran and coordinated with trained terrorist elements in other countries.

 

Trained elements were assigned to recruit and send young Bahrainis unknown to the security agencies to Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon in order to receive military training in the IRGC training camps. They also had plans to carry out terrorist attacks and assassinations of security personnel and public figures and to target security patrols and vehicles.

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The Criminal Investigation Directorate carried out intensive investigations that led to the suspects and the arrest of some of them according to law-prescribed procedures. The suspects were questioned by the Public Prosecution.

The prosecution presented verbal evidence, statements, confessions, and technical and forensic reports. Evidence that demonstrates how they committed their crimes, and how they entered or exited Bahrain was also presented.

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