Bahrain opens trial against alleged militants
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 20:26
  
Manama: A defence lawyer in Bahrain says state prosecutors have opened their cases against 50 suspected members of a shadowy anti-government faction accused of trying to topple the Gulf kingdom's Western-backed rulers.

The group, known as the February 14 movement after the opening the Shi'ite-led uprising in 2011, is the most militant network active in Bahrain's near nonstop unrest. Its leadership is unknown and is believed to be a loose alliance linked by social media.

Lawyer Manar Maki says only nine suspects attended the first court session today.

Among them was a 38-year-old woman who claimed she was stripped and tortured in custody. The trial resumes on July 25.

Bahrain's Shi'ite majority has pressed for a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled island, home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 20:26


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