MANAMA, 11th November, 2015 (WAM) — Ahmed Al Hammadi, Advocate General and Chief of the Bahraini Terror Crime Prosecution, said the High Criminal Court today sentenced eight suspects after convicting them of terror-related offences including setting tyres alight, planting a hoax bomb in a public place, rioting and possessing Molotov cocktails.

According to Bahrain News Agency, BNA, the third and fourth defendants were handed three years in jail while the remaining ones each received ten years in prison. The court also ordered the confiscation of the seized items.

Details of the case date to April 3rd, 2014 when the convicts set tyres on fire in Sar, in the Northern Governorate, planted a hoax bomb and attacked police officers with Molotov cocktails.

After questioning three of them, the Public Prosecution charged them with arson, planting a hoax bomb in a public place for terror purposes, rioting and disrupting public order by using violence and Molotov cocktails.

The Public Prosecution relied in substantiating the charges on evidences including testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and technical evidences. The defendants, including three in custody, were referred to the High Criminal Court for trial and an arrest warrant was issued to arrest those at large.

The case was heard by the court which issued its ruling after affording the defendants with full legal rights throughout the trial process.

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