On Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced 12 men to life in prison on a charge of spying, receiving training from Iran and processing weapons and explosives. The court has also sentenced two others to 15 years behind bars.
In the meantime, an informed official in Iran’s foreign ministry, speaking on the condition of anonymity, rejected the trumped-up charges against Tehran, saying the allegations are baseless.
The official also called on the Bahraini authorities to fulfill the civil demands of their own nation instead of projecting and raising allegations against other sides.
He further urged the Manama regime to refrain from adopting security and ethnic approaches in that country and take confidence-building measures to pave the way for serious dialogs.
The recent court ruling in Bahrain marks the latest in a series of harsh sentences handed down to protesters in the Persian Gulf nation.
On April 14, a court in Bahrain sentenced eleven anti-regime protesters to five years in prison for taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in a village, south of the capital Manama last year. The prosecution also convicted the Bahrainis of assaulting police during the rally.