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Bahrain sentences 33 more for protest violence

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer says Bahrain’s security court has convicted 33 more activists on charges that include violence and attempted murder during anti-government protests and sentenced them to prison terms.

Thursday’s verdicts cap a week of back-to-back decisions by the court, which has issued more than 110 convictions relating to the Shiite-led demonstrations against the ruling Sunni monarchy.

Lawyer Mohsen al-Alawi says the latest sentences range from one to 15 years in prison.

Bahrain’s majority Shiites began protests in February for greater rights. Hundreds of people have been arrested and many trials have been held before the security court, set up under martial law-style rule.

Authorities have promised to shift the remaining cases to civilian courts.

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