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Bahrain: Executions spark protests

Three men convicted of killing police officers in March 2014 were executed by firing squad on 15 January, the first death sentences carried out in Bahrain since 2010. The sentences for Ali Abdelshaheed Al-Sankis, Sami Mirza Mshaima and Abbas Jamil Taher Mohammed Al-Samea had been upheld by the Court of Cassation on 9 January, along with life sentences against seven others and the revocation of the nationality of eight of them. The executions sparked protests, including the setting ablaze of a building in Shamalia, south of Manama.

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