Bahrain sentences 26 for protest links

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Posted: Oct 04, 2011 7:54 AM
Bahrain sentences 26 for protest links

A Bahraini security court has sentenced 26 activists to prison for their part in anti-government protests, raising to 60 the total number convicted over the past two days in stepped-up prosecutions by the Gulf kingdom.

The official Bahrain News Agency says the verdicts Tuesday include members of a Shiite political group, Al Amal, which was banned by the Sunni monarchy after pro-reform protests began in February.

The agency says the sentences range from five to 15 years.

Bahraini forces have made hundreds of arrests as part of crackdowns on members of the Shiite majority seeking greater rights.

On Monday, 36 people were sentenced for links to the protests, including 14 activists given life sentences for the killing of a Pakistani man.