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Bahrain sentences man to death in police killing

February 19, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Manama court has found a 29-year-old Bahraini man guilty and sentenced him to death over the killing of a police officer in the Gulf island kingdom last year.

Lawyer Jassim Sarhan told the Associated Press that the court sentenced Maher al-Khabaz Wednesday for the death of policeman Mohamed Asif Khan, who was fatally wounded in clashes with anti-government activists in February 2013.

Sarhan says six other defendants received life sentences, while two more were sentenced to five and six years in prison. He says they will appeal.

Bahrain last week marked the third anniversary of an uprising by members of the largely Shiite opposition calling for greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy. More than 65 people have died in the unrest.

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