Nine Bahraini medical professionals are sentenced to five years in prison

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4216
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The US government and human rights groups have expressed deep disappointment after nine Shia medical professionals in Bahrain were sentenced to up to five years in prison on 14 June for crimes against the state during last year’s uprising.

The doctors and nurses were among a group of 20 whose cases were reviewed by an appeals court after international outcry over harsher sentences given by a military judge last September.1

Nine others were cleared of charges, and sentences of 15 years were upheld against two doctors who have gone …

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