Bahrain court upholds life sentences for opposition


MANAMA, Bahrain–Bahrain’s highest court Monday upheld jail sentences against 20 opposition figures — including eight sentenced to life in prison. Seven were convicted in absentia.

The group includes a rights activist who staged a 110-day hunger strike last year to protest the verdicts.

More than 55 people have died in unrest since February 2011 and many opposition leaders and activists have been arrested, including the group of 20 charged with “plotting to overthrow” the ruling system.