22 May '11, 3pm

#Bahrain: Special court upholds 2 death sentences #BPR #lulu no.6

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A special appeals court in Bahrain upheld death sentences Sunday for two people convicted of killing policemen during anti-government demonstrations in March. The case is part of a series of closed-door trials in the Gulf island nation that have been criticized by rights groups and others opposed to the wide-ranging emergency laws used to quell demonstrations against Bahrain's monarchy. Two other defendants who had been sentenced to death in the case had their sentences reduced to life in prison, according to the Gulf kingdom's official state news agency. Three other defendants in the same case previously received life sentences. The appeals, like the trial before it, were heard in a special security court presided over by military and civilian judges. It was set up under emergency laws implemented in March during a government crackdown o...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110522-0000640/Bahrai...

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