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Bahrain business meeting brawl accused could face three years in jail

Physical confrontation happened during a meeting of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry in April

Bahrain business meeting brawl accused could face three years in jail

Lawyers representing three Bahraini businessmen who were caught up in a brawl during a meeting of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have called for the defendant in the case to face up to three years in jail, according to a media report.

At a hearing of the Lower Criminal Court on Tuesday, the three Bahraini businessmen called on the 29-year-old Egyptian legal adviser to be found guilty of assault and making sectarian remarks and to face the toughest punishment possible – three years in jail – according to a report by the Gulf Daily News website.

The move comes after 15-minute video footage of the incident, which took place at the BCCI chamber on April 25, was played in court.

The brawl occurred when the chairman of the BCCI suggested changing the agenda for the meeting. Objections were raised by several businessmen and the chairman’s advisor – the Egyptian defendant in the case – began arguing loudly with them

The video footage showed one Bahraini businessman, who had recently underwent heart surgery, holding his chest while arguing with the defendant, who then punched the man in the face, according to the GDN report.

Tuesday’s hearing was adjourned and the next hearing has been scheduled for July 2, with a verdict likely on July 7.