The Iranian foreign ministry deplored the Manama regime for issuing death sentence for three Bahraini political prisoners, voicing regret that the Bahraini regime doesn’t seek a peaceful solution to the crisis in the country.
“Manama again showed through its indigested measures that it is not after a peaceful resolution and a way out of the crisis in Bahrain,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.
Stressing that the international human rights organizations have confirmed that the trial of the three Bahraini activists has not been done based on the rules of transparency, he said it is regretting that while the Bahraini people and political and religious figures emphasize talks and interaction to resolve the problems, the government leads the country towards full obstruction by increasing pressure on opposition leaders and political prisoners.
Qassemi warned that the Bahraini government would face the consequences of its extremist measures and behavior.
Bahrain executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.
The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday in defiance of ongoing protest rallies across the kingdom. The rallies began on Saturday and lasted into Sunday, when the outraged public marched across the capital Manama and the Northeastern villages of Nuwaidrat and al-Dair after the morning prayers.
Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, calling on the al-Khalifa rulers to relinquish power.
In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, themselves repressive Arab regimes, were deployed to the country to assist Manama in its crackdown on protests. Hundreds of Bahraini activists have been imprisoned and suppressed.
On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, less than a week after suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Qassim, and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.
Over the past few weeks, demonstrators have held sit-in protests outside Sheikh Qassim’s home to denounce his citizenship removal.
Bahrain has also sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, another revered opposition cleric, to nine years in prison on charges of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers, which he has denied.
Sheikh Salman was the secretary general of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which was Bahrain’s main opposition bloc before being dissolved by the regime.