• BAHRAIN JAILS 50 SHIITES UP TO 15 YEARS

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    DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 Shiites to up to 15 years in jail, including a prominent Iraqi cleric, for forming a clandestine opposition group, a judicial source said. Sixteen defendants were handed 15-year terms, while four others were jailed for 10 years and the other 30 sentenced to five years behind bars, the source said. The defendants, including Iraqi cleric Hadi al-Mudaressi who was sentenced in absentia, were charged with forming the “February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition,” which Bahraini authorities accuse of terrorism. The group has been the main driving force behind a Shiite-led uprising that began in 2011 to demand more rights from the ruling Sunni dynasty.

    AFP

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