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