Bahrain court upholds bomb blast sentences

The improvised device exploded and killed Emirati First Lieutenant Tariq Al Shehi as security forces tried to disperse Shiite protesters in the village of Daih, near Manama, in 2014

First Lt Tariq Al Shehi died in a bomb blast with two Bahrani policemen in March 2014. Courtesy photo
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A Bahraini court on Sunday upheld the death sentences of three people and life terms for seven others who were convicted of killing police including an Emirati officer in a bomb attack, a judicial source said.

The court of cassation in October ordered a retrial in the case of the 10 defendants found guilty of planting a bomb in March 2014 in a Shiite village west of Manama, which killed Emirati First Lieutenant Tariq Al Shehi, and two Bahraini policemen. The improvised device exploded as security forces tried to disperse Shiite protesters in the village of Daih, near Manama.

An appeals court had in may upheld the three death sentences and life terms for the other seven defendants, who were also stripped of their citizenships.

Al Shehi was part of the Saudi-led Gulf force which was deployed in Bahrain in March 2011 to boost Bahraini security forces in quelling a month-long protest.

* Agence France-Presse