A Bahrain court sentenced 58 people on terrorism charges on Wednesday, with two condemned to death and 47 to lose their citizenship, according to the BNA agency.
Nineteen were jailed for life and 37 for up to 15 years on allegations of being members of a terror cell that had been trained in explosives and heavy weaponry. Two others were aquitted.
Activists said that most of the defendants were peaceful opposition members.
The sentences are the latest penalties given to people accused by Bahrain of Iranian-backed militancy.
Bahrain is a key US ally, and like several of the Gulf states, accuses Iran of interfering in its internal affairs.
The sentences were condemned by the UK-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.
“Today’s ruling is the latest episode in Bahrain’s travesty of justice, and likely one of the most cruel. The authorities have further proved their willingness to exploit the vulnerability of its citizens,” said Sayed Ahmad Alwadaei, the group’s director, in a statement.
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