The High Criminal Court today convicted eleven Bahrainis for establishing a terrorist group, illegal handling, possession and use of weapons and explosives as well as committing acts of terrorism, Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution, said.

Five defendants were sentenced to ten years and fined BD100,000 each. Two were sentenced to five years. Three were sentenced to three years and fined BD100,000 each. Another was sentenced to three years. The court confiscated all the seized materials. Five others were acquitted by the court.

The Prosecution had received a report from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informing that a security-wanted fugitive was recruiting elements and working with them in a cell which targeted security forces and vehicles by means of Molotov firebombs and explosives, incinerating tyres, and running multiple social media webpages to promote acts of terrorism in the country. He also provided financial support to these elements. The suspects joined into the terrorist cell while aware of its unlawful purposes and carried out their assigned roles in committing terrorist activities.

The defendants were referred by the Prosecution to the court along with testimonies, confessions, technical and material evidence. They were given all the legally prescribed sureties. Their lawyers presented their arguments and attended the hearings before the court's issuance of its above ruling.