Bahrain has upheld death sentences against two activists as the ruling Al Khalifah regime intensifies its crackdown against political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Gulf kingdom.
The defendants, Ahmad al-Abbar and Hussein Mahdi, were sentenced to death by the Bahrain Criminal Court after they made forced confessions, according to the Manama Post website. Their charges were not immediately known.
Another Bahraini court also sentenced nine citizens to jail and revoked their citizenship.
Separately, a court in the capital Manama on Sunday also sentenced 20 activists to prison sentences ranging from 3 to 15 years after they were convicted on “terrorism” charges.
This came days after a Bahrain court on Tuesday revoked the citizenship of 115 people at a mass terrorism trial.