Bahrain jails 7 over oil pipeline blast

Five of the defendants were handed life sentences, one was given 10 years behind bars and another five years. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Bahrain jails 7 over oil pipeline blast

  • Five of the defendants were handed life sentences, one was given 10 years behind bars and another five years
  • The charges included forming a "terrorist group" and "training in the use of weapons and explosives"

DUBAI: A Bahrain court sentenced seven citizens to prison terms Monday, stripping six of their nationality after finding the group guilty of attacking an oil pipeline last year.
According to the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA), five of the defendants were handed life sentences, one was given 10 years behind bars and another five years.
The charges included forming a "terrorist group" and "training in the use of weapons and explosives", BNA said.
The November 2017 blast cut off the pipeline linking Bahrain's Bapco refinery with oil giant Aramco's main pumping station in neighbouring Saudi Arabia's Dhahran province.
Manama in February accused Iran of training and arming at least two of those involved in the explosion.


Lebanese foreign ministry: will stand by Carlos Ghosn

Updated 29 min 30 sec ago
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Lebanese foreign ministry: will stand by Carlos Ghosn

  • France moved on Tuesday to oust Ghosn from the helm of Renault but sought to defend the carmaker’s alliance with Nissan
  • “The Lebanese foreign ministry will stand by him in his adversity to ensure he gets a fair trial”

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would stand by Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn, who is of Lebanese descent and holds Lebanese citizenship, a day after his arrest in Japan on financial misconduct allegations.
Ghosn, one of the best-known leaders in the car industry, was arrested after Nissan Motor Co. said he had engaged in wrongdoing, including personal use of company money and under-reporting how much he was earning for years. The Japanese carmaker plans to remove him as chairman this week.
France moved on Tuesday to oust Ghosn from the helm of Renault but sought to defend the carmaker’s alliance with Nissan, which has been rocked by the scandal..
Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has asked the ambassador in Tokyo to meet with Ghosn and follow up on the case, the ministry said in a statement.
“Carlos Ghosn is a Lebanese citizen who represents one of the Lebanese successes abroad and the Lebanese foreign ministry will stand by him in his adversity to ensure he gets a fair trial,” it said. Ghosn, who has Lebanese roots, was born in Brazil and is also French citizen.