Manama upholds jail sentences on opposition

Updated 07 January 2013
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Manama upholds jail sentences on opposition

MANAMA: Bahrain’s highest court upheld yesterday jail sentences against 20 opposition figure, including eight sentenced to life in prison.
Defense attorney Jalil Al-Aradi said the court refused to reconsider the sentences or convictions, which were originally handed down in 2011 by a military-led tribunal.
Among the eight sentenced to life is rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who staged a more than three-month hunger strike last year in protest. The other 12 have sentences ranging from five to 15 years, with seven convicted in absentia.
Last year, the official Bahrain News Agency said the charges include “plotting to overthrow the regime” and having “foreign intelligence contacts” — a reference to neighboring Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah in Lebanon. Bahraini leaders have accused Iran of having links to the protesters.
A government statement at the time said the court “provided all assurances of a fair trial” and allowed defense attorneys full access to the defendants. It also said they received “full medical care” in prison.


Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

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Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Qamishli, NORTHERN SYRIA: Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for Daesh group.
“The SDF’s intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of extremists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama Al-Faransi,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.
Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of Daesh, whose controlled huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.
The Kurdish forces controlling northeastern Syria have detained dozens of French Daesh members who have gone underground in recent months, including well-known figures such as Thomas Barnouin and Emilie Konig.
The SDF statement said Guihal was detained together with his wife, who was not identified.