16 Jun 2012

Medics' sentences reduced

9:18 am on 16 June 2012

An appeals court in Bahrain has partially overturned a court ruling sentencing 20 medics to lengthy prison terms for taking part in anti-government protests.

Nine were acquitted but one doctor was sentenced to five years in prison.

Another was given three years, and further seven were given prison terms of between a month and a year.

The BBC reports many of the 20 were working at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in the capital Manama last February and March, when security forces violently suppressed pro-democracy protests.

In September, a military court found them guilty of publicly inciting "hatred and contempt", as well as engaging in illegal assemblies.