By Staff writer
Five convicted for plotting to plant a bomb at the 2013 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Three people convicted of planning to plant bombs at Bahrain’s Formula One race track have had their convictions upheld, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.
The three were given five-year jail terms after police foiled their planned attack on April 20 last year. A 31-year-old woman, who was stopped at a checkpoint with a pillow stuffed beneath her clothes pretending to be pregnant, confessed to police that they were on a trial run for smuggling a home-made bomb in on the day of the race.
The newspaper said a 37-year-old friend was given six homemade explosives and a ticket by a co-defendant to carry out the attack.
Police investigations led them back to the ringleader, who had ordered his co-defendants to help the women go through with the plot.
The court sentenced a total of five people to five years in jail in April this year – two were still at large and sentenced in absentia.
Three of the defendants lodged appeals against their convictions at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court, which upheld their sentences.