Bahrain charges 23 Shiite activists with terrorism

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 13, 2010 19:18

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's prosecutor general says 23 Shiite activists detained this summer have been charged with terrorism and conspiring against the government.

Abdul-Rahman al-Sayed says the men also faces charges of spreading false information and forming an illegal group that prescribes to terrorism. They could face up to life in prison, if convicted.Al-Sayed said Wednesday the activists' trial will begin Oct. 28.

The charges come amid a government crackdown against the tiny Island-nation's Shiite majority.

Oil-rich Bahrain is ruled by a U.S.-allied Sunni royal family, but the country's Shiites have long complained of discrimination.

Rights groups say more than 250 activists have been detained, including opposition figures and academics.


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