Bahrain sentences 2 men to death

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MANAMA: Authorities in Bahrain say two men have been sentenced to death after for taking part in anti-government protests.

Prosecutor Nayyaf Yusuf announced the sentence on Monday in connection with the attack in al-Dair, northeast of the capital, Manama.

Defence lawyer Mohammed al-Tajir told The Associated Press that King Hamad Al Khalifa now must decide whether the death sentences should be carried out.

Al-Tajir said the two men, Hassan Musa and Mohammed Ramadan, were among 12 charged in the case of clashing with police that led to death of two cops. Another defendant received a life sentence, while the rest received six-year prison sentences and fines.

The tiny Gulf island nation of Bahrain has experienced continuing unrest since 2011, when its pro-democracy protests erupted against the US backed monarchy. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet and has been virtually run by Saudi military which intervened following the mass uprising.

 

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