Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bahrain court convicts Shiite activist, sends him to prison for 5 years over protest violence

The Washington Post reports:

Bahrain’s security court on Thursday convicted a Shiite opposition activist and sentenced him to five years in prison for the attempted murder of a policeman during anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

The Bahrain News Agency said another activist was acquitted of the same charge in the court that was set up after emergency rule was imposed in March. The report said the convicted protester, Abdulla Mohammed Habib, can appeal his sentence.

Bahrain’s king declared martial law March 15 to crush weeks of demonstrations by the island’s Shiite majority, which has campaigned for greater freedoms and an elected government in the Sunni-ruled nation.