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Policeman's jail sentence is slashed

A POLICEMAN convicted of shooting an anti-government protester with a birdshot had his five-year jail term slashed yesterday.

However, the 27-year-old Bahraini was tried in absentia at the High Criminal Court as he is receiving treatment in a Bahrain hospital after being seriously injured in a bomb blast on April 24.

He was convicted of assault in June for shooting the Bahraini man in the leg during an illegal rally last year. He then appeared in court after completing treatment abroad and filed an objection against the ruling.

Judges yesterday reduced his sentence to three years.

Defence lawyer Marwa Al Ansari said she will lodge an appeal against the conviction.

She earlier argued her client fired two warning shots, one of which accidentally hit the victim's right leg during the illegal gathering.

The defendant was supposed to show up in court for the first hearing on April 27, but was injured three days earlier during an explosion in Duraz, which also injured two of his colleagues.

The officers were escorting Civil Defence vehicles that were responding to a fire in a shop in the village when the bomb went off.



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