5 Dec 2011

Prison sentences for protestors

8:46 am on 5 December 2011

A military court in Bahrain has sentenced three sportsmen to a year in prison for taking part in pro-democracy protests there earlier this year.

They are an Asian champion bodybuilder, a goalkeeper in the national football team, and a member of the national basketball team.

The men, who are not in detention and can appeal against their convictions, were tried in a military court because they are employees of the Bahrain Defence Forces.