Nine Bahraini sailors jailed in Qatar

MANAMA — Nine Bahraini amateur sailors were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday by a Qatari court for straying into Doha’s territorial waters.

By (Our Correspondent)

Published: Sat 21 Aug 2010, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:50 AM

The families of the convicts will appeal the sentence that has been the toughest penalty ever given to Bahrainis detained for crossing into the Qatari waters.

A Commander of Bahrain Coast Guard told the press that his team would be following up the cases of nine amateur sailors as well as other sailors who are in detention in Qatar.

The nine were arrested on August 7 and according to coast guards, it is the first time they were detained for such a violation. Another group of seven sailors is also in detention awaiting court hearing. Six of them were arrested on August 6, while one of them, Adel Mohammed Kadhem, was arrested in May after he was hit by a bullet during a chase by Qatari coast guards.

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