The Supreme Criminal Court of Appeal in Bahrain has overturned the decision to strip the citizenship of 92 nationals who were earlier convicted in the case of forming the “Bahraini Hezbollah” terrorist group.
As reported earlier, the defendants were earlier convicted of establishing and joining a terrorist group, instigating a terrorist attack, attempted murder and undergoing training on the use of weapons and explosives.
The case initially included 169 suspects. On April 16, 2019, the Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced 96 to life in prison, while 39 were sentenced to 10 years, 23 to seven years, one to five years, seven to three years and 30 defendants were acquitted.
Additionally, 96 of the defendants were ordered to pay fines of BD100,000 each for the damages caused.
Court files showed that the group was formed after Iranian leaders issued orders to members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to merge several Bahrain-based terrorist groups under one organisation, declaring it as the “Bahraini Hizbollah”.
The groups that joined this organisation include three major terrorist outfits, who were known for carrying out deadly attacks that killed scores of civilians and policemen in separate incidents.
An investigation into the terrorist network was completed by the Public Prosecution, which announced that 169 people have been identified as members of the organisation.