Bahrain: Prosecution Charges 169 Over ‘Bahraini Hezbollah’ Group

By Obeid Al-Suhaimi

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

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Manama – Bahrain’s Terror Crime Prosecution referred 169 suspects to trial for the case of formation of a terrorist group detonating a bomb, attempting murder, training on the use of firearms and explosives and handling, possessing, making and using explosives and firearms.

The authorities apprehended 111 members of the group named “Bahraini Hezbollah”, and it is still pursuing 58 members who are believed to be residing in Iran.

Other charges included receiving and giving money allocated to the terrorist group, hiding ammunition and explosives and damaging public and private property.

The Public Prosecution had received a report from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) regarding the formation of a terrorist cell inside Bahrain after Iranian regime leaders issued their orders to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to unify the elements of various terrorist factions that carry out terror attacks in Bahrain.

Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution Ahmed al-Hammadi explained that the group’s orders included holding intensive meetings with the leaders of the groups and movements in Iran, coordinating with trained elements in other countries, and providing various forms of financial, logistic and technical support to unite them.

IRGC’s purpose of the merger is to activate all affiliated terrorists who had received military training over the years and who were planted as dormant cells in order to use their capabilities. They also wanted to compensate for the shortage of militarily trained leaders in Bahrain who had either been apprehended or escaped the country.

They want to share their military training on how to use weapons and make or implant explosives and detonate them remotely as well as their experience in setting up secret warehouses in houses and farms and other locations.

Elements with military training were assigned to recruit and facilitate sending Bahraini youth who are not known to the security agencies in order to undergo training in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon in training camps run by the Corps.

Trained members were also tasked with preparing terrorist elements in the country to use ‘dead spots’ in transporting, exchanging, delivering, receiving funds, weapons, ready for use or locally made ammunition and explosives and remotely-detonated explosive devices.

Later, they were to carry out attacks to assassinate public figures, target security patrols and personnel, attack oil and service installations and vital economic establishments in order to undermine Bahrain’s security and incite public opinion against the constitutional regime.