Mass Trial in Bahrain renders 138 people stateless
April 23, 2019 | Brainwave Science
In a mass trial, Bahrain has revoked the nationality of 138 people convicted of terrorism. A Bahraini court sentenced 167 people arrested in 2017 at a sit-in outside the home of Bahrain’s leading Shia Muslim cleric to between six months and 10 years in prison at a trial in late February, court documents and Reuters reporting has so far suggested. Protesters had gathered at the home of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim fearing that he could be deported after the authorities revoked his citizenship as part of a crackdown on Shi’ite activists, who accuse the Sunni-ruled kingdom of discriminating against them. In a raid on the sit-in, security forces killed five people and arrested hundreds more. The Sunni-ruled kingdom has accused Iran of fomenting unrest among its Shia majority community since it put down a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.
In the most recent development in the mass trial the High Criminal Court 169 defendants were charged with forming, establishing and joining a terror group, detonating explosives, attempted murder, illegal handling, possessing and using unlicensed firearms, making explosive devices, funding a terror organization, concealing weapons, ammunition and explosives, causing explosions and damaging private and public properties. The court has revoked the nationality of 138 people convicted of terrorism in this mass trial. As a result of this mass trial, the Bahrain court ordered 69 terror suspects to life in prison, 39 to 10 years, 23 to seven years, one to five years and seven to three years, and acquitted 30, said Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution. In addition, the court ordered 96 suspects to pay BD100,000 each, 12 to pay BD 500 each, and one defendant to pay BD 231 and 800 fils in consideration for the value of damages.
The most outrageous of all was the act of stripping 138 people of their citizenship status according to the critics of the ruling.
Amnesty International slammed the ruling as a “mockery of justice.”
“With these outrageous sentences, Bahrain’s authorities have once again demonstrated their complete disregard for international fair trial standards,” said Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf. The Britain-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy criticized the trial as “deeply unfair” and said Bahrain was using revocations of citizenship as a “tool of oppression”. “A mass trial cannot produce a just result and rendering people stateless in a mass trial is a clear violation of international law,” said BIRD’s director of advocacy, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who was stripped of his citizenship by the interior ministry in 2015 for “defaming the image of the regime”.
Increase in violence and instances of terrorism have led even democratic countries like Australia to strip citizenships of individuals who are suspected of involvement in terrorism.
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