Five sentenced to life over pipeline blast

Manama: A court in Bahrain on Monday sentenced five defendants to life in prison after they were found guilty in the bomb attack on an oil pipeline in November last year.

The High Criminal Court also ordered them to pay fines of BD200,000 (Dh1.94 million).

Five of the defendants were told to pay BD64,577 for the damages they caused. A sixth defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison while a seventh was given five years in jail and ordered to pay a fine of BD100,000.

The court also ruled the revocation of the Bahraini citizenship from six of the defendants.

The charges levelled against them included forming and joining a terror group, possessing and using explosives, causing a terrorist blast, training in the use of weapons and explosives, and financing and participating in acts of terror.

According to the case documents, two of the defendants, both fugitives abroad, set up a terror group and recruited the other members. Two others received training on the use of weapons and the making of explosives in camps run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

One of them asked the other cell members to blow up the oil pipeline in the area of Buri, 15km south of the capital Manama.

The blast caused a major fire that damaged the pipeline, houses, vehicles and shops in the vicinity. It also forced the evacuation of residents.

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