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Top Bahrain military court looks into civilian appeals

Country’s constitution was amended last year to allow military tribunals to try civilians

26.03.2018
Top Bahrain military court looks into civilian appeals

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A military appellate court in Bahrain on Monday examined appeals submitted by seven civilians convicted earlier on different charges, according to Bahrain’s official news agency.

Last year, Bahrain’s constitution was amended to allow civilians to be tried by military tribunals.

The seven defendants include four who were sentenced to death earlier after being convicted of attempting to assassinate Bahraini army chief Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

The court has postponed trial proceedings until April 11 to allow defense lawyers to present appeal requests.

Verdicts delivered by Bahrain’s military court of cassation -- the military establishment’s highest appellate court -- are final and cannot be challenged.

Reporting by Mohamed Fahd; Writing by Mahmoud Barakat;

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