Chief of the Terror Crime Prosecution Advocate General Chancellor Dr. Ahmed Al-Hammadi said the fourth High Criminal Court ruled today in the case of twelve suspects charged with forming and joining a terrorist group, possessing and making explosives, possessing fire weapons and ammunition without a licence from the Interior Minister with the aim to commit a terror act, training on making and using weapons and explosives and possessing pornographic materials.

The High Criminal Court sentenced seven suspects to life in jail and fined one of them BD 500. It sentenced two suspects to ten years in jail and fined each one of them BD 500. It also sentenced a female suspect to five years in prison and fined her BD 500. The eleventh suspect was handed three years in prison and was fined BD 500. The court also fined four suspects BD 100, ruled to revoke the Bahraini citizenship of all the suspects except the twelfth one and ordered to confiscate the seized items.

Details of the case show that six suspects, at large abroad, were able to recruit many terrorist elements in Bahrain to carry out terrorist operations. Two suspects were recruited and tasked to make explosive devices. They were supplied with the needed explosive materials to make them. One of the two suspects received training in Iraq on making explosives and using fire weapons. Another suspect was recruited and tasked to place an explosive device and detonate it near a police centre, in Sitra, on May 19, 2018. The female suspect was also recruited and tasked to receive the remote control detonation device which she handed over to another suspect to fulfill the mission. Another suspect was also recruited and tasked to carry a bag containing explosive materials.

The Public Prosecution relied in substantiating the charges on verbal evidences like the witnesses’ testimonies and the suspects’ confession as well as technical evidences. The suspects were referred to the fourth High Criminal Court which heard the case in the presence of the suspects’ lawyer. The court ruled in the case after providing the suspects with all legal guarantees and issued its afore-mentioned verdict.

The suspects can challenge the verdict before the Court of Appeals should legal reasons be provided. Bahrain judiciary also permits to challenge the verdict before the Court of Cassation afterwards, which is one of the legal guarantees for any suspect.