Appeals Court: 10-Year Prison Terms Handed down to 4 Suspects over Gas Cylinder Explosion in Saar

2016-04-29 - 2:12 am

Bahrain Mirror: The Bahraini Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a court of first instance's verdict against 6 suspects over blowing up a gas cylinder outside a money exchange shop in Bahrain's Saar. The court had sentenced 4 of the suspects to 10 years in prison and 2 others to 5.

The court of first instance convicted 11 suspects in the case over charges of causing a gas cylinder explosion outside a money exchange shop in Saar, causing damages to the shop and nearby stores.

The court handed down 10-year prison terms to the suspects (from the first till the fourth and from the seventh till the eleventh) and 5-year terms to the fifth and sixth suspects who are under 18 years of age.

The Public Prosecution claimed that the suspects on April 23, 2015, along with other unknown suspects, set fire near a money exchange shop in Saar, endangering people's lives and properties in addition to causing an explosion for a terrorist purpose. The prosecution also accused the suspects of taking part along with other unknown suspects in an assembly of more than 5 people, aiming at disturbing public peace, as well as acquiring Molotov cocktails.

Since 2012, riot cases that go under the demonstrations and riot section of the penal code were adapted to apply to the terrorism law, if there were "terrorist" purposes behind them, such as attempted murder of a police officer, violating the provisions of law and endangering the lives of people and their properties, within the regime's framework of harshening penalties against protestors and activists.

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