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Five jailed over F1 bombings in Bahrain

Five men sentenced to 15 years’ jail over twin bombings during 2012 F1 in Bahrain

Five jailed over F1 bombings in Bahrain
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Five men convicted over twin bombings during the Formula One race in Bahrain last year have each been sentenced to 15 years’ jail, according to the state news agency.

Bombs were detonated on Exhibitions Avenue and in front of a club in the capital Manama on April 12 last year.

No one was injured in either of the blasts, although several vehicles were damaged.

The men were charged with terrorism as the island kingdom’s rulers, the Sunni Al Khalifa family, attempt to quell protests by the majority Shia that have been ongoing since 2011.

During the trial in the High Criminal Court, the court was told that one of the men trained the other four in the use of explosives.

They also were found to have manufactured an explosive.

Three of the men confessed to the crimes, the court heard. The explosives trainer and another man have not been found and were tried in absentia.

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