Bahrain to try 8 in terror case next month

AP News
Posted: Dec 29, 2011 3:12 AM
Bahrain to try 8 in terror case next month

Bahrain's top prosecutor says the Gulf kingdom has wrapped up an investigation into an alleged Iranian-linked terror cell and plans to put the eight defendants on trial next month.

The head of public prosecution, Nawaf Hamza, said on Thursday the unnamed defendants will be tried in the island nation's High Criminal Court on charges of espionage and of having ties to an outlawed group that uses terrorism to achieve its goals.

Bahraini authorities in November accused the group of having links to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard and planning attacks against high profile sites, including the Saudi Embassy and a Gulf causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Iran rejects the allegations.

Court hearings are to begin in early January.