The first High Criminal Court yesterday issued verdicts against six terror suspects. The suspects were found guilty of joining a terrorist group contrary to the provisions of the law and attempted explosion for terrorist purposes.
They were also charged with possessing and acquiring explosives and materials needed in their manufacture without a license from the competent authority, as well as of training on making and using explosives.
The court sentenced five suspects to life in prison and was handed down a five-year jail term against another. The six suspects were fined BD 500 each, and the seized items were confiscated.
According to the case documents, the Public Prosecution was notified by the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Forensic Evidence that the fugitive defendants abroad had instructed the suspects in Bahrain to receive money and explosives and use them to target vital economic facilities in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The documents also revealed that the suspects had made explosives and monitored a number of banks’ ATMs. Moreover, two of them went to the ATM of the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait at Shaikh Isa Avenue in Manama and planted an explosive device inside it. The device, which did not explode, was spotted and seized. While carrying out their acts, the suspects received guidance from and coordinated with fugitive terrorist elements outside Bahrain, the documents also showed.