Bahrain jails female and Iranian protesters

Manama, Bahrain – A Bahraini military court has for the first time sentenced a female and Iranian protester in connection with the latest wave of unrest in the country, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Tuesday.

The two were from a group of eight people who were sentenced on misdemeanor charges by the National Safety Court to jail terms ranging from one to four years.

Fadilah Mubarak Ahmed received a four-year sentence for insulting a security official at a check-point by pulling his shirt and inciting hatred of the regime on March 27.

An Iranian national, Mohammed Qassim Hussain, was also sentenced for two years for taking part in pro-reforms protests held on February and March.

BNA, which did not specify when Hussain entered the country or how, said the man would be deported after serving his sentence.

The remaining six were sentenced on charges relating to unlawful gathering, taking part in protests, and distributing anti-regime pamphlets.

Earlier this month the same court sentenced to death four protesters accused of killing two policemen by running them over with their car. Three other protesters linked to the deaths were sentenced to life in prison.

Lawyers are appealing the sentence.

Bahrain is holding scores of women, including doctors, medical staff, and teachers, among others, on charges relating to the protests.

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