Middle East

Two Bahrainis jailed after chopping off Briton's fingers

Bahraini men chant anti-government slogans and carry posters demanding the freedom of jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab during the third day mourning procession of Rajab's elderly mother, Rabab, in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Tuesday jailed two brothers for 10 years and six months respectively after they chopped two fingers off a Briton whom they attacked with a sword and robbed, a lawyer said.

The court found that the fingerprints of one of the brothers were found inside the victim's car, and traces of the assailant's blood were on the handle of the sword used in the attack, the lawyer said, requesting anonymity.

The attack took place in February, when the Briton got lost and entered the Shiite village of Karana, west of the capital Manama, where the two brothers stopped him and dragged him out of his car which they eventually stole, the interior ministry announced at the time of the attack.

"One of them attacked him with a sharp object -- a sword, and they stole his car and ran away," the ministry said. The two were arrested a few days later.

The attack does not appear to be related to general political unrest in the country.

Shiite-led protests against the ruling Sunni Al-Khalifa family are still staged frequently in villages despite a government crackdown in March last year.





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