Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bahrain's military court convicts 4 Shiite protesters to death for uprising

The Canadian Press reports:

A military court in Bahrain on Thursday convicted four Shiite protesters and sentenced them to death for the killing of two policemen during anti-government demonstrations last month in the Gulf kingdom, state media said.

Three other Shiite activists, who were also on trial, were sentenced to life in prison for their role in the policemen's deaths.

The verdicts — which can be appealed — were the first related to Bahrain's uprising, which was inspired by revolts in the Arab world. The kingdom's Shiite majority has long complained of discrimination and is campaigning for greater freedoms and equal rights in the tiny Sunni-ruled island nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.