World Bulletin / News Desk
A Bahraini court sentenced four people to life and six others to 15 years in jail on charges of setting up a cell linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard that aimed at assassinating public figures in the Gulf Arab kingdom.
Bahrain has accused Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by majority Shi'ites demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the al-Khalifa dynasty.
Tehran denies the accusation.
State news agency BNA said in a report late on Sunday that the court acquitted 14 others of the charges. Two of those sentenced to life were tried in absentia, the agency said.
Authorities say the cell is part of the "Imam Army", a group that includes Bahrainis from inside and outside the country as well foreigners. Its planned targets included the Interior Ministry and Bahrain International Airport.
The group attended training camps run by the Revolutionary Guard inside Iran and others operated by Iraq's Hezbollah group in Baghdad and the holy city of Kerbala, BNA reported.Last Mod: 04 Kasım 2013, 12:06