24 Bahrainis accused of ISIL links

Muharraq_and_Manama{ARABIAN BUSINESS} – Bahrain’s High Criminal Court has accused 24 Bahrainis of joining the ISIL terror group.

Eight of the defendants were put on trial on Wednesday while the others were still at large, reported Gulf Daily News.

Defence lawyer Abdulla Hashim, who represents five of the defendants, called for an acquittal and said his clients did not join ISIL. However, he said one of the defendants did fight alongside the Free Syrian Army in Syria.

“I represent five of the defendants and none of them joined [ISIL]. My client travelled to Syria and became part of the Free Syrian Army before Daesh (an Arabic acronym by which ISIL are also known) was formed. He came to Bahrain before Daesh was announced, so how can he be part of it?” said the lawyer in court. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.