Lawyer: US prisoner in Bahrain gets 10 years in jail for attempted murder

By REUTERS
September 24, 2013 17:56

DUBAI - A US citizen was sentenced to 10 years in jail in Bahrain on Tuesday on charges of attempted murder during a disturbance related to Shi'ite Muslim demands for greater rights.

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

Tagi al-Maidan had earlier told Reuters the charges against him were false, but that he had made a false confession under torture after his detention in October last year.

The government has denied any abuse in the incident, saying it has a "zero-tolerance policy" towards torture.


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