Bahrain jails 50 Shiites up to 15 years: Judicial source

AFP , Sunday 29 Sep 2013

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 Shiites to up to 15 years in jail, including a prominent Iraqi cleric sentenced in absentia, 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, were charged with forming the "February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition", which Bahraini authorities accuse of terrorism.

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