Bahrain strips 115 of nationality over ‘terrorism’: public prosecutor

A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Updated 30 August 2018

Bahrain strips 115 of nationality over ‘terrorism’: public prosecutor

DUBAI: A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, in one of the most severe rulings yet in the Gulf island kingdom.
Authorities in Western-backed Bahrain have accused scores of people of militancy in a series of mass trials, saying the defendants are backed by Iran. Rights activists say they have included mostly peaceful opposition members.
This case pertains to Bahrain's allegation in 2015 that Iranian Revolutionary Guards helped Bahraini fugitives join forces to set up a militant group called the Zulfiqar Brigades to destabilise the country.
Prosecutors accused 138 people of "being behind a number of explosions, possession of explosives and training in the use of weapons and explosives and the attempted murder of police officers", the prosecutor said in a statement.
Fifty-three defendants were sentenced to life terms, 62 to between three and 15 years in prison, while 23 were acquitted.
Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based, has been waging a crackdown on opposition groups and rights activists since they led pro-democracy Arab Spring protests in 2011.
Bahrain has accused the opposition of undermining security and blamed the bombings on Iran and Lebanon’s armed group Hezbollah. Iran and Hezbollah deny any involvement in Bahrain’s unrest.


Iran will sell oil, break US sanctions, President Rouhani says

Updated 05 November 2018

Iran will sell oil, break US sanctions, President Rouhani says

  • US reimposed sanctions on Monday, but Iran pledges to defy them
  • Monday's actions mark an end to the 2015 nuclear deal reached under President Obama

DUBAI: Iran will sell its oil and break sanctions reimposed by the United States on its vital energy and banking sectors, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told economists at a meeting broadcast live on state television on Monday.

“America wanted to cut to zero Iran’s oil sales ... but we will continue to sell our oil ... to break sanctions,” Rouhani said.

In May, US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed a first round of sanctions on Iran in August.

The deal saw most international financial and economic sanctions on Iran lifted in return for Tehran curbing its disputed nuclear activity under UN surveillance.