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Nine jailed Bahrainis stripped of citizenship for terrorist activities

Those convicted were sentenced for up to 15 years in prison under new anti-terror law

Nine jailed Bahrainis stripped of citizenship for terrorist activities
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Nine Bahrainis were stripped of their citizenship by a court on Wednesday for taking part terror-related activities.

In the first ruling of its kind under new anti-terror law issued last year by the National Assembly, the nine were among 13 convicted by the High Criminal Court for forming and joining a terrorist group, and receiving training in the use of weapons and explosives, Gulf Daily News reported.

Three were sentenced to 15 years in prison, while others got sentences of between three and ten years.

The defendants were accused of stockpiling AK-47s to use against security guards and planning to free 10 convicted members of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Jaish Al Imam (Army of Imam) from the Dry Dock Detention Centre in Hidd, the report added.