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Bahraini medics imprisoned for treating anti-government protesters

Twenty Bahraini nurses and doctors were charged on Thursday with committing 'crimes against the state', after treating injured protesters during protests earlier this year and publicly denouncing the Bahraini government on international media.

The group, charged by a military court, received sentences ranging from ten to fifteen years.

The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, condemned the trial, stating,

"These are worrying developments that could undermine the Bahraini government's moves towards dialogue and the reform needed for long-term stability in Bahrain."

"I call on the Bahraini judicial authorities to follow due process carefully and transparently. Cases before the special tribunals should be transferred to regular civilian courts."

Other charges included stealing medicine, possessing weapons and occupying a government hospital. As well as "inciting hatred to the regime and insulting it, instigating hatred against another sect and obstructing the implementation of law, destroying public property and taking part in gatherings aimed at jeopardising the general security and committing crimes."

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