Bahrain court reduces sentences of 15

AP News
Posted: Aug 09, 2012 11:03 AM
Bahrain court reduces sentences of 15

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A civilian court in Bahrain has reduced the sentences of 11 people convicted of attacking a soldier during last year's anti-government protests and acquitted four others.

The 15 were originally convicted of attempted murder and sentenced by a much-criticized military tribunal to 15 years in jail. But the Information Affairs Authority said Thursday their lawyer appealed the convictions and a civilian court reduced the charges a day earlier. Sentences for those not acquitted now range from six months to two years.

The military tribunal known as the National Safety Court was set up after the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers imposed martial law to deal with a wave of Shiite-led protests for greater rights. The military court has been condemned by rights groups as unfair and not complying with international standards.