Al-Wefaq: Death Sentences against Six Bahrainis an Act of Weakness by Manama
The Deputy Secretary-General of Bahrain's al-Wefaq Islamic Society described the latest death sentences against six Bahrainis as an act of "weakness" on the part of Manama.
"The whole matter is about settling scores with the people of Bahrain," Sheikh Hussein al-Daihi said on Monday.
"All these verdicts, detainees, security and judicial options are used by the regime out of weakness and its inability to achieve something tangible that stops the people's movement and their opposition."
The comments come after the kingdom's top military court found 13 civilians guilty of terror-related offenses.
Aside from the death sentences, seven other defendants received 7-year prison terms. All had their citizenships revoked.
"Whoever looks at the case and studies it in a realistic way will find that it is a big lie," Sheikh al-Daihi added. "The whole case is a play demonstrating the failure of its writer and director."
The al-Wefaq official revealed that the regime in Manama is preparing for more of the same in 2018.
The ruling, which comes despite accusations of torture, brings the total number of death penalty cases in Bahrain in 2017 to 14.
The case is the first of its kind since Manama amended the kingdom's constitution allowing military courts to try civilians.
"If the Bahraini regime thinks that through these unjust verdicts it will end the movement of our people and eliminate its determination and vigor, it is delusional. Our people have a say and a position. They will not forsake the blood, groans and wounds of their men, youth and women," Sheikh al-Daihi concluded.
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