Iran Denounces Bahrain’s Execution of Young Activists

Bahram Qassemi

Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the Bahraini regime’s execution of three political activists, saying mounting pressure on the opposition will lead the Persian Gulf country into “political deadlock.”

“The lack of transparency in the process of unfair trial of those three (executed) citizens has been acknowledged by the international and human rights institutions and all non-governmental organizations around the world,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.

He also slammed the “imprudent action” as a testimony to the Al Khalifa’s reluctance to opt for peaceful ways out of crisis in Bahrain.

“As always, the Bahraini government is insisting on security and oppressive approaches and brutal killing of defenseless protesters,” the spokesman deplored.

Qassemi also warned the Manama regime that crackdown and mounting pressure on the opposition leaders and political prisoners will block the path for political dialogue and will take Bahrain to the brink of full political deadlock.

On Sunday, the Al Khalifa regime executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.

On January 9, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the death penalties given to Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace over allegations of killing a member of Emirati forces who had been assisting Manama in its suppression of Bahraini protesters in the northern village of al-Daih back in March 2014. Seven other convicts have also been sentenced to life in prison in the case.

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