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.