Bahraini women cycling team "Cycling-Bees" seen training for Bahrain-Triathlon at the Bahrain Fort west of Manama, August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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A Bahraini woman and her son were sentenced Monday to three years in prison for planting a "fake bomb," activists said, in what Amnesty International has called a reprisal case.Human Rights Watch also condemned Monday's verdicts.The letter asked that the governments demand that the authorities in Bahrain drop all charges and release the three.Bahrain -- a key ally of the U.S. which bases its Fifth Fleet there -- has cracked down on political dissent since a wave of protests began in 2011 demanding an elected government in the Shiite-majority country.Bahrain accuses Shiite Iran of training "terrorist cells" that aim to overthrow its government, an allegation Tehran denies.
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