Bahrain court upholds jail term against female activist
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Bahrain court upholds jail term against female activist

The Bahrain Supreme Criminal Court issued the ruling against Zainab Makki on Tuesday, Arabic-language Manama Post online newspaper reported. Bahrain’s Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced Makki to one year in jail on November 29, and stripped her of Bahraini citizenship. Her husband was also sentenced to seven years behind bars in the same case and his citizenship was revoked as well. Zainab is the second female Bahraini political dissident to be stripped of her citizenship. Bahraini regime officials revoked Maryam Sayyed Ibrahim Hussein Reza’s citizenship in 2012. Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011. They are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established. Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.

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