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Bahraini court strips 5 inmates of citizenship



A court in Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of five people in the Persian Gulf kingdom after convicting them of terror charges.

Bahrain’s Mirror news site reported on Friday that the court also sentenced the five convicts to up to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of funding a terror group and carrying arms.

Two were slapped with 15 years in jail and three others were given five-year terms.

Two of them were also sentenced to 100,000-Bahraini dinar (some USD 38,000) in cash fine.

The development came a day after seven Bahrainis were imprisoned over allegations of triggering unrest near the country’s Interior Ministry building.

Anti-regime protesters have been holding demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for the Al Khalifah family to relinquish power.

The ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful protest rallies has left scores of people dead and hundreds injured, and many more incarcerated.

Courts in Bahrain have given long jail sentences to protesters and activists.

Manama continues to arrest anti-regime forces in an attempt to silence opposition voices and intimidate people for the final objective of ending protest rallies.

Amnesty International and other rights groups have repeatedly censured the Bahraini regime for its human rights abuses against opposition activists and anti-government protesters.

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