Bahrain court cuts 7-year jail term of a killer of protesters to 6 months
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – A Bahraini court has cleared two police officers, who were accused of killing an anti-regime demonstrator, of all charges in another act of injustice against protesters.
According to a judicial source, an appeals court in Bahrain on Sunday acquitted the two officers of shooting dead a demonstrator in November 2011, AFP reported.
In a separate case, the court also reduced to six months a seven-year jail term given to a police officer in January for killing a protester.
The officer was accused of beating an anti-regime demonstrator to death in 2011.
A number of Bahraini police officers are being investigated or are on trial for torturing detainees after hundreds of protesters were arrested when security forces crushed the protests in March that year.
The authorities say they are implementing the recommendations of an independent commission of inquiry appointed by the king that confirmed allegations of excessive use of force by security forces during the unrest.
Bahrain, which is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has been the scene of anti-regime protests since February 2011, and scores of people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the regime crackdown.
The protesters, however, say they will continue holding demonstrations against the Al Khalifa regime until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.
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