Bahrain: protester accused of killing policeman sentenced to death

A Bahrain court sentenced a Shiite protester to death and jailed six others for life after they were convicted of killing a policeman a year ago. (Shutterstock)

A Bahrain court Wednesday sentenced a Shiite protester to death and jailed six others for life after they were convicted of killing a policeman a year ago, Agence France Press (AFP) quoted a judicial source as saying.

Two others were sentenced to five and six years in prison respectively on similar charges, added AFP.

The officer, Mohammad Atef, died on Feb. 14, 2013, after he was hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with protesters in a village near the capital.

In addition to killing the policeman nine defendants were also convicted of taking part in an "unlicensed protest."

According to AFP, death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment -- 25 years -- in the Gulf kingdom.
 

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