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Bahrain convicts medics for role in uprising

Last modified: 14 Jun 2012 11:48

An appeals court in Bahrain has convicted nine medics for their role in the country's pro-democracy uprising, despite widespread criticism of the trial from international human rights groups.

The longest sentence, five years, went to Ali al-Ekry, formerly the senior medic at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the largest hospital in Bahrain. Eight other doctors were sentenced to between one month and three years.

The doctors, twenty of them in all, were originally convicted by a military court. Two of them did not appeal their 15-year sentences, and are believed to have fled Bahrain or gone underground. Nine others had their verdicts dismissed on Thursday by the appeals court.

The court dismissed some of the most serious charges against the doctors, including allegations that they "occupied" the hospital and possessed weapons.

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