Kingdom disrupts “sophisticated terror network”

Authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain charged 23 “terror suspects” following a campaign of violence in the Gulf Kingdom.

Prosecutors described the perpetrators as a “sophisticated terror network” with international support.

Bahrain's National Security Agency made the arrests in August under new anti terror laws.

Members of the network included academics, taxi drivers, civil servants, dentists and administrators as well as several unemployed people.

Bahrain's Public Prosecution official Abdulrahman Al Sayed commented: "This sophisticated terrorist network...has undertaken and planned a systematic and layered campaign of violence and subversion aimed squarely at undermining the national security of Bahrain."

The network is accused of several crimes including the planning and instigation of violence, conducting a propaganda campaign against the Kingdom and seeking to overthrow the regime by force.

Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa added: "No democracy can allow freedoms to extend to the perpetration, planning and instigation of violence that seeks to undermine the stability of the nation and threaten the lives of all its citizens. No one is above the law." 

The leaders of the network were named as Abduljalil Al Singace, Mohamed Habeeb Al Saffaf, Abdulhadi Al Mokhaidar along with London-based Bahraini nationals, Saeed Al Shehabi and Husain Mshaima.