Bahrain jails 50 for ties to anti-government group

By REUTERS
September 29, 2013 21:36

DUBAI - A Bahraini court sentenced 50 people on Sunday to between five and 15 years in jail for setting up a group that organises anti-government protests, and that authorities say is working to topple the government by force, activists said.

Bahrain has seen almost daily protests by members of the Shi'ite majority since February 2011, when it crushed a Shi'ite-led uprising demanding that the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty give up power.

Bahrain's Shi'ites have long complained of entrenched discrimination in areas such as employment and public services, allegations that the Sunni-led government denies.

The activists said the government had accused those convicted on Sunday of membership of the February 14 movement, which has been organizing protests against the government since 2011.

Bahrain's head of public prosecution had described the group as a terrorist organization.

Asked for comment, an official said a government statement on the matter was being prepared.


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