Bahrain executes three men
Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain on Saturday morning, according to the kingdom’s state news agency.
The move came days after the United States announced it would be reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades.
The executions were confirmed by Bahrain’s advocate general and chief of anti-crime prosecution, Ahmed al Hammadi, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
The men were convicted in two separate cases by the High Criminal Court after each investigation from Bahrain’s Public prosecutor called for them to receive the maximum sentence, BNA said.
Bahrain’s public prosecutor said that two of the executed men were convicted of “joining a terrorist group, committing murders, and possessing explosives and firearms to carry out terror acts.”
There were 58 other individuals accused in the case, 19 of whom were sentenced to life in prison, according to BNA. Two were acquitted, it said.
Two of the men, Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali were sentenced to death by the court and the rulings were upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Court of Cessation.
In February 2017, the pair were arrested and sentenced “in a mass trial marred by allegations of torture and serious due process violations,” according to a Human Rights Watch report.
For months, human rights groups have called for an examination of the circumstances around the men’s sentencing and for the Bahrain government to halt al-Arab and al-Malali’s executions.