A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shiite citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a “terrorist group,” a Bahraini judicial source said Thursday. Other charges included traveling to Iraq and Iran for “weapons and explosives training” and attempted murder of police officers.
The High Criminal Court Wednesday sentenced 10 of the defendants to life in prison, 10 to a decade behind bars and the other four to three to five years.
Authorities Wednesday also referred to trial seven Bahrainis accused of attacking an oil pipeline to Saudi Arabia in November. That trial is set for May 10. The blast cut off the pipeline linking Bahrain’s Bapco refinery with oil giant Aramco’s main pumping station in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran province.
Manama in February said it had arrested four men suspected of attacking the pipeline, accusing Saudi Arabia’s archrival Iran of training and arming two of them, which Tehran denied.
Under Bahrain’s citizenship law, amended after political protests broke out in 2011, the authorities can revoke the nationality of individuals who engage in acts deemed “disloyal” to the state.