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Bahrain court sentences 3 to death over ‘police killings’

A Bahraini court has sentenced three people to death and seven others to life in prison after convicting them of allegedly killing three policemen in a village near the capital, Manama, last year, Bahrain’s main opposition group says.

According to a tweet by the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the supreme criminal court also revoked the Bahraini citizenship of eight defendants.

On March 3, three police officers, one from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), were killed in a bomb attack in Daih village near the Bahraini capital.

However, no group claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred as Bahraini troops attacked the mourners of an anti-regime activist, who had died in prison a few days ago.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

Bahraini courts have sentenced more than 200 activists to long-term prison sentences on charges of alleged involvement in terrorist activities and acting against national security. At least 70 activists have received life imprisonment since the uprising began in 2011.

Scores of Bahrainis have also been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

A recent report by Human Rights Watch said Bahraini courts have become more active in sustaining repression in the country.

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