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Three lose appeal over Bahrain F1 attack plot

Five convicted for plotting to plant a bomb at the 2013 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Three lose appeal over Bahrain F1 attack plot

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.

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