Last Update 14:20
Thursday, 21 March 2019

Iran slams Bahrain over jail terms for Shias

Islamic Republic condemns jail terms of 13 Bahraini Shia opposition figures and calls for response to 'legitimate' demands of population to solve the country's political crisis

AFP , Friday 7 Sep 2012
Masked anti-government protesters who set fire to tires in response to court rulings earlier in the day run with petrol bombs as police approach in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Photo: AP)
Views: 1832
Views: 1832

Iran's foreign ministry on Friday slammed the imposition by Bahrain of jail terms on 13 leading Shia opposition figures in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, state television reported.

"The only solution to the crisis in Bahrain and to restore calm and stability is to respond to the legitimate demands of the population," it quoted the ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

He added that for the Bahraini authorities to "pursue their current policies will only complicate the situation even further."

A Bahrain court on Tuesday upheld jail terms against the 13, including seven facing life in prison, on charges of plotting to overthrow the monarchy, lawyers said.

The opposition swiftly condemned the "vindictive" rulings and accused the court of staging "mock trials," the United States expressed concern, and London-based Amnesty International denounced the ruling as "outrageous."

On Wednesday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Bahraini authorities "to allow all defendants to exercise their right to appeal and to ensure that due process is observed."

Iran supports protests by Bahrain's Shia majority against the Saudi-backed Sunni minority, sparking a diplomatic crisis not only with the small Gulf kingdom but also with the area's economic powerhouse.

Bahrain came under strong criticism from international human rights groups over last year's crackdown on protests.

An international panel commissioned by King Hamad to probe the government's clampdown found that excessive force and torture had been used against protesters and detainees.

Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Gulf from Iran, has continued to witness sporadic demonstrations, mostly outside the capital Manama, since it crushed the protest movement in March last year.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

08-09-2012 03:40pm
type fulse
please type persian gulf
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.