A Bahraini court upheld death sentences against two pro-democracy activists who were allegedly charged with killing an officer by bombing a police convoy in 2014, a statement from the kingdom’s public prosecutor said on Monday.
It was the final appeal for Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, who rights groups said were sentenced to death based on confessions gained by torture, Reuters reported.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifa regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established. Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3, 2017.