Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa were convicted in 2014 for a bomb attack that killed a policeman in trials marred by allegations of torture and inadequate legal representation, international rights groups including Reprieve, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said.
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“We fear the worst, because this isn’t the first time the Bahraini authorities have cynically scheduled a death penalty verdict on Christmas Day,” said Maya Foa, director of Reprieve, a London-based group that campaigns for prisoners’ rights.
“Mohammed and Husain only secured a case review after a public outcry over their farcical first trial. Handing down the judgement while attention is elsewhere is a calculated attempt to avoid scrutiny.”
The press section of Bahrain’s London embassy was not immediately available for comment.
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