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March 29, 2023

Bahrain opposition activists jailed for life

A Bahrain court sentenced eight Shiite opposition activists to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of plotting to overthrow the country’s Sunni royal family, state media said Wednesday, quoted by the CNN. They were among 21 people who were tried and convicted on terrorism-related charges in connection with the anti-government protests in the country, the Bahrain News Agency said. Soon after the judge read the verdict, the defendants protested loudly – prompting officials to forcibly remove them from the courtroom. Rights groups have urged Bahrain to halt the special military court proceedings, with Human Rights Watch deeming them a violation of international law.

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