bahrain protesters_311 reuters.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
MANAMA - Bahrain is seeking death penalty for a group of protesters accused of killing two policemen during anti-government demonstrations in the Gulf island kingdom, state media reported on Monday.
The government has stamped the demonstrations in a security crackdown since February when mainly Shi'ite protesters took to the streets demanding more say in the Sunni-ruled country's affairs.
Security forces have arrested hundreds of people since then and a number
of them died while in official custody. Hundreds of mostly Shi'ite
workers have been sacked from government jobs and state-linked
companies, rights and opposition groups say.
On Sunday, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the military prosecutor would
seek the death sentence for seven men accused of killing the policemen
at the Lower National Safety Court.
It quoted the prosecutor as saying the men had "committed their crime
for terrorist reasons". It gave no other details of the incident.
BNA added the defendants pleaded not guilty and that the case would be heard again on April 28.
At least 13 protesters and four police were killed during the clashes.
A hospital source told Reuters last month that at least two of the four
policemen killed had been run over by cars on March 16. The government
says it has only targeted those who committed crimes during the
The state banned protests when it imposed martial law in March and
invited troops from Sunni-led Gulf neighbors to help quash the unrest.
The state news agency said three more men also were charged with attempting to kill policemen in separate court cases.
Now is the time to join the news event of the year - The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference!
For more information and to sign up, click here>>