Bahrain authorities strip 9 people of citizenship amid ‘terrorism’ crackdown

A court in Bahrain has revoked the nationality of nine people and sentenced them to between three and 15 years in prison, AP reported. This year, more than 200 people have been stripped of their nationality, including 115 in a mass terrorism trial last week. Bahrain’s state-run media said Monday the nine were accused of establishing a terrorist group, illegally possessing weapons and ammunition, and shooting at policemen in 2016 using homemade firearms. Two of the suspects remain at large. Human rights organizations say 728 people have been stripped of their nationality since 2012, after the Sunni-led monarchy led a crackdown against protests by majority Shiites.