Terror cell members sentenced

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Manama, Apr. 16 (BNA): The High Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced 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.


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 court revoked the nationality of 138 convicts and confiscated the seized materials. 


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, ammunitions and explosives, causing explosions and damaging private and public properties.


The Public Prosecution had received a report from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) about the formation of a terrorist cell in Bahrain funded by, and at the behest of Iranian regime leaders who ordered the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) elements to unify the Bahrain-based terrorist elements to carry out their plots and acts of terrorism against Bahrain. They held intensive meetings with the leaders and elements of terrorist groups in Iran and coordinated with trained terrorist elements in other countries.  


The IRGC supplied them with all the technical, logistic and financial support in order to organize them  into a single terrorist group,  the so-called "Hezbollah in Bahrain". Their purpose was to unify and amalgamate all these terrorist group leaders and their elements abroad and locally under one terror organization known as "Hezbollah in Bahrain". They activated all their affiliated terrorist members who had already received military training and planted them inside the country as "sleeper cells" to use themto offset the shortage in trained  terrorist leaders inside Bahrain caused mostly by their escape as fugitives abroad or  their arrest.


Newly-recruited and trained terrorists in Bahrain were tasked to transfer their expertise and train them militarily on the use of weapons and making explosives, placing and detonating them by remote devices. In addition to training on establishing clandestine depots in homes or farms, and elsewhere, they smuggled and concealed weapons, ammunitions, materials and tools they used to make explosives.


They trained all their elements in Bahrain to use "dead mail" in order to transport, exchange, deliver, receive money, weapons, ready-to-use or homemade explosives and remote detonators.


Trained elements were also tasked to recruit and send young Bahrainis unknown to the security agencies to Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon in order to receive military training in the IRGC training camps. They tasked these elements to carry out terrorist attacks and assassinations of security personnel and public figures, and to target security patrols and vehicles. 


The terrorist elements were tasked to target the oil installations, economic establishments, public services, and vital locations in order to destabilize Bahrain, tarnish its reputation and undermine confidence in the Kingdom’s security agencies to cause public commotion against its constitutional regime. They also plotted to terrify citizens and residents and jeopardize people’s lives and freedoms as well as to obstruct the public authorities in their duties.


The Criminal Investigation Directorate carried out intensive investigations that led to the suspects and the arrest of some of them according to law-prescribed procedures.


The suspects were questioned by the Public Prosecution. 


The prosecution presented verbal evidences, statements, confessions, and technical and forensic reports. Evidence that demonstrates how they committed their crimes, and how they entered or exited Bahrain was also presented.


The defendants were referred to the High Criminal Court, which deliberated their case in the presence of their lawyers who submitted their arguments and provided them all the legal sureties before issuing its aforesaid rulings.


The convicts have the right to challenge the ruling before the Court of Appeal and the Court of Cassations in accordance with the legal sureties available to any defendant under Bahraini judicial system. 


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BNA 1136 GMT 2019/04/16