Bahrain: 24 sentenced to Jail for forming IS cell

DUBAI: Bahrain’s court sentenced 24 people on Thursday, accused for belonging to a cell of the militant Islamic State group. A prosecution said that the court stripped 13 of them of their citizenship.

Among the 24 sentenced, one was responsible for forming a branch of the militant group and recruiting others , thus was given life sentence, while the remaining were each sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Only eight defendants are held by authorities while 16 others remain at large.

The cell ringleader was accused of recruiting two others into IS, and helping one of them travel to Syria to receive military training from the militants, public prosecutor Ahmed al-Hammadi said.