Gulf Daily News Friday, 30th January 2015 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 5 Life sentences of terror suspects adjusted on appeal TWO Bahrainis sentenced to life in prison for being part of an Iranian-backed terror cell have had their sentences adjusted on appeal. The men were found guilty of smuggling weapons and explosives into Bahrain by the High Criminal Court last September and subsequent- By NOOR ZAHRA ly had their citizenships revoked under anti-terror legislation. They were part of a group of nine men who were found guilty last year of conspiring with Iran and its Revolutionary Guard to carry out attacks in Bahrain. An appeal filed by the five members of the group who are in custody was largely rejected by the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court yesterday, which upheld three of the men’s sentences, but ordered that the additional three years added to 41-year-old Hussein Ahmed Taher Abdulwahab and 37-year-old Alsayed Ali Shubbar Sharaf Shubbar’s sentences for resisting arrest be removed. Mr Abdulwahab and Mr Shubbar will still serve life sentences, which equates to 25 years imprisonment under Bahrain law, and all five defen- dants have also lost appeals against the stripping away of their nationalities. The group’s terror plot was originally exposed in December 2013 when police intercepted a speedboat at sea carrying weapons, ammunition and explosives destined for Bahrain. Members of the group include Hussein Mahdi Mohammed Ebrahim, 38, a Bapco employee also convicted of stealing potassium nitrate from the refinery to make explosives, Aqeel Abdulrasool Mohammed Ahmed, 35, and Ali Sabah Abdulmohsen Mohammed, 37. Among those convicted in absentia was one of the cell’s two leaders, Jassim Ahmed Ahmed, 37, who is thought to be in Iran. The other leader, Ali Mahfoudh Al Musawi, 36, is believed to have died in Iran earlier this year. Both were accused of funding the cell and providing weapons and explosives to use against Bahrain’s police and key installations – awaiting orders for a “zero hour” to carry out widespread attacks. Students develop security system enter the vault then the motion detector would automatically send a message immediately.” Mr Basiouni said he now hoped to raise funds to improve the system and possibly have it installed in a bank in the near future. “This is just the beginning and hopefully we can improve it and see it implemented,” he said. “Everyone at the exhibition liked it, as well as my relatives, which has encouraged me to work harder.” By SHAHLAA AHMED A VOICE-ACTIVATED security system that automatically alerts the police when would-be bank robbers attack, has been developed by two Bahrain University (UoB) students. The system, devised by Bahrainis Mohammed Basiouni, 22, and Kamal Mohammed, 23, uses a voice recognition chip to recognise any pre-programmed “threatening” words said inside a bank branch. If one such word is recognised by the system, then the bank’s vault is put under automatic lockdown and a text message is sent to the police warning them of a possible robbery attempt. Mr Basiouni told the GDN he had the idea for the system while watching 2007 American comedy heist film Ocean’s Thirteen. “I thought of developing a bank security system as there was a scene in the movie that showed thieves entering a locker without being detected,” he said. “So I started to look up everything I could about security systems on the Internet and ordered some components online. “We faced some problems while Robberies n Mr Mohammed, left, Mr Basiouni, right, and Mr Basiouni’s father during the exhibition programming the microprocessor and we also had to change some parts and replace them with cheaper and easier alternatives.” A prototype of the system was put on display at the latest edition of UoB’s Information Technology Senior Projects Exhibition, where other features such as a motion detector were also shown. An override feature was also being considered, Mr Basiouni said, so that the vault could be opened if a person’s life was in danger. “In some cases people’s lives can really be in danger and the vault has to be opened to prevent any casualties,” he said. “Therefore we decided to programme the microprocessor to unlock the door if needed, but at the same time send a text message to the police. “If the thieves broke into the bank after working hours and were able to At the end of last year, a spate of bank robberies took place across Bahrain with thieves targeting both ATMs and cashiers. On November 10, more than BD10,000 was stolen from an ATM belonging to BMI Bank in Tubli. Then less than a week later, on November 15, gunmen injured a Nepalese security guard but fled empty-handed after targeting Bahrain Financing Company’s Salmabad branch. The following day BD13,000 was stolen at gunpoint from Al Ahli Bank on the Budaiya Highway by armed robbers who attacked in broad daylight. email@example.com Quiz challenge marks Indian Republic Day A QUIZ to mark India’s 66th Republic Day will be held at Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam Diamond Jubilee Hall on February 8 from 8pm. The event, organised by the Kerala Catholic Association (KCA), will be hosted by quiz master and senior Indian administrative service officer P M Mohammed Hanish with former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam set to honour the winners. Registration forms for the quiz are available at the KCA office in Segaiya and teams have until Sunday to register for the competition. Visit www.kcabahrain.com or call 39947400 or 39681102 for more information. n A 1-km challenge race was held at St Christopher’s Junior School campus, organised by SPARTA Sports. Infant School head Ian Fellows presented awards, medals and certificates. The next SPARTA sports camp will be held from February 15 to 17 for children aged four to 13. Visit www.sparta-bh.com for more information. Above, children at the challenge hold up their certificates. Weapons Also sentenced in absentia were Al Sayed Jaffer Shubbar Sharaf Shubbar, 33, Mohammed Jawad Sabah Abdulmohsen Ahmed, 41, and Abdulmohsen Sabah Abdulmohsen Mohammed, 35, who are all believed to be in Iraq. Prosecutors said that authorities recovered explosive materials, two pistols, magazines, ammunition and detonators at two of the defendants’ homes and two locations used as a weapons depot. In addition, 50 hand grenades made in Iran were found on the boat as well as Syrian bomb detonators, Kalashnikovs, C4 explosives, claymores, a PK machine gun, armour-piercing and anti-aircraft weapons capable of targeting low-flying aircraft, TNT and a raft of materials used in bomb-making. The defendants confessed to the charges and said that their crimes were religiously motivated based on Sharia rulings, as had been explained to them by the leaders of the group. Jumble sale to raise funds for RIA Centre A JUMBLE sale to raise funds will be held at the RIA Centre for children with special educational needs in Adliya today. Organisers are hoping to raise enough money to buy an interactive white board, which encourages communication and participation among students. “To date we have raised BD900 from donations and are hoping to raise a further BD700,” said RIA Centre student director Christine Gordon. “I want parents to feel that the children here have the same things as students in other schools.” A variety of toys, shoes, furniture, baked goods and more will be on offer at the sale, from 10am to 2pm. For more information or to make a donation call 17716871.
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