Bahrain lawyers boycott anti-state plot trial

December 9, 2010 14:14

Lawyers in Bahrain for 25 activists accused of plotting against the Gulf nation's rulers staged a mass resignation Thursday to protest alleged torture by authorities in the strategic US ally.

The walkout — which brought the trial to a halt — was the latest tactic to draw attention to prisoner abuse claims and force a deeper look into a major crackdown on dissidents in the tiny island kingdom that hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet.Authorities accuse the detainees — 23 in custody and two charged in absentia — of supporting "terrorist" cells seeking to overthrow the Sunni Muslim dynasty that rules over a Shiite majority in Bahrain, a nation no bigger in area than New York City.

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