Published — Saturday 2 February 2013
Last update 3 February 2013 3:26 pm
MANAMA: Bahrain authorities say a policeman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the fatal shooting of a protester during the beginning of the Gulf nation’s uprising two years ago.
The decision comes as Bahrain’s leadership seeks to open crisis-easing talks with political factions. They have been pressing for a greater political voice.
More than 55 people have died in the unrest in the strategic nation.
The official Bahrain News Agency yesterday quoted a chief prosecutor as saying police gunfire killed the protester, Ali Abdulhadi Al-Mushaima, one of first people killed in the clashes.
A policewoman is accused of torturing detainees. A court hearing is scheduled next week.