Hopes of dialogue between Bahrain’s Sunni leaders and the country’s restive Shia majority have been dashed when 21 civilian activists were given lengthy prison sentences as a crackdown against protesters continues unabated.
The verdicts, handed down by a military court, were roundly criticised by human rights groups as clear examples of “political and summary justice”.
The sentences were imposed under hardline emergency laws that targeted activists involved in demonstrations in February and March as fervour from the north African popular uprisings swept into the gulf kingdom. Seven of the accused were sentenced in absentia. They are thought to be in Britain.
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