Bahrain Ratifies Law To Curb Terrorism

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Bahraini King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has ratified and amended a law aimed at protecting the Kingdom of Bahrain from terrorism.

Under the amendment, a prison sentence not exceeding five years and a fine of no less than BD2,000 and no more than BD5,000 will be the penalty for each one who promotes, extols, glorifies, justifies, admires or encourages acts of terrorism punishable by law inside the Kingdom or abroad, reported the Bahrain news agency (BNA).

The law, an amendment to a 2006 code, will come in force on the following day of its publication in Bahrain’s Official Gazette, the agency said.

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On Monday, King Hamad said he had instructed security agencies to deal “firmly” with cyber propagators of sedition and abusers of social media.

Earlier this week, Bahraini authorities uncovered a network of destabilising electronic accounts operated in several countries including Iran, Qatar, Iraq and Germany.

The authorities said that the network, run by wanted fugitives, is implementing a “systematic plan” to harm the image of Bahrain.