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A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a poet to one year in prison for reading out a poem criticizing the country’s King.
Ayat al-Qarmezi, 20, a poet and student was sentenced in a Manama court today following her arrest in March for reading out a poem at a pro-reform rally. She has reportedly been tortured while in detention.
Military trials related to the protests are under way after at least 500 have been detained and four have died in custody in suspicious circumstances.
Some 2,000 people have also been dismissed or suspended from their jobs, apparently as part of an ongoing purge of those who participated in the protests.