Iran Focus

London, 01 Feb - A Bahraini court sentenced two people to death on Wednesday, and issued lengthy prison sentences for 56 others, after they were found guilty on terrorism charges on behalf of the Iran.

Nineteen of the 60 defendants were sentenced to life in prison, 35 were sentenced to serve between 15 and five years in prison, and two were acquitted, according to the Bahrain News Agency. 47 of the defendants were also stripped of their nationality, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.

It is believed that 24 of the defendants were tried in absentia.

The group members were found guilty of importing explosives, firearms and ammunitions, with the prosecutor explaining that in one instance machineguns and explosives were seized inside a speedboat off Bahrain’s coast.

The group members would smuggle explosives and ammunition into Bahrain, after communicating with fugitives in Iran and Iraq, according to the prosecutor.

The group were also linked to the murder of a policeman on his farm and an attack on the Jau Reformatory and Rehabilitation Center that led to a prison break, with several convicts escaping, and the murder of another policeman.
The group’s leader, currently a fugitive in Germany, organised travel for the defendants to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) terrorist camps for training.

Iran has denied the allegations that it armed protesters in Bahrain in 2011 through this group’s weapons smuggling. However, given the Regime’s many past smuggling attempts, the enmity between the Iranian Region and Sunni nations allied with Saudi Arabia, and that Bahrain is also home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, it seems unlikely that the Regime is not involved. It would give the Regime the ability to destabilise the Middle East, harm its Sunni enemies, and harm the US, which it calls the Great Satan, at the same time.

Iran is often referred to as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, as can be seen through their support of the Hezbollah and the Houthis. This is doubly true when the terrorism will undermine or destabilise a Sunni foe or even a neutral country in the Middle East.

Iran seeks to control the Middle East, through the creation of a Shiite Crescent which it will use to transport more money, weapons, and troops to its terrorist proxies. Make no mistake, this terrorist plot has the Regime’s fingerprints all over it.

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