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Bahrain to up jail term for police hatred crimes

Shura Council approves plan to increase maximum sentence to 30 years from current 3 years

Bahrain to up jail term for police hatred crimes
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Bahrain’s Shura Council has approved significantly increasing to the maximum jail term for inciting hatred against security forces to 20 years.

The new penalty will cover inciting hatred against the police, National Security Agency, National Guards and Bahrain Defence Force personnel.

Bahrain has been attempting to quash political unrest for more than two years, with some democracy protests turning violent and fatal.

It was earlier this month criticised for allowing the Formula One to go ahead amid fears of violent protests.

The maximum jail term presently is three years.

Approving the amendment on Monday, the Council urged it to be implemented urgently.

It must now be ratified by King Hamad.

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