Appeal hearing in unrest case is adjourned

May 22, 2015 8:42 AM

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AN appeal in the case of 12 Bahrainis jailed in connection with unrest in February and March was adjourned.

Lawyer Faten Al Haddad sought the court's permission to submit the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry's (BICI) report as evidence, since it stated people had been abused in custody. The judge has yet to reply to her request.

She said that according to the BICI, the National Safety Court was unconstitutional and their client's verdicts should be dropped.

Earlier, a lawyer presented the court with proof from a company that one of the men was working on the day he allegedly committed the crime.

The appeal was adjourned for a verdict on December 27 at High Criminal Appeals Court.

One of the men was found guilty of inciting people to gather illegally, set up checkpoints and barriers blocking streets leading to the Interior Ministry and stopped cars looking for policemen to kidnap and take them to the former GCC (Pearl) Roundabout. He was jailed for four years. Another possessed swords and daggers and was jailed for three years. One was convicted of reporting falsified news and was jailed for three years.

Another was convicted of insulting Bahrain's flag and the regime and was jailed for three years.


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