ABU DHABI Ñ Bahrain plans to impose a series of measures as part of
a long awaited crackdown
against Islamic unrest.
The Bahraini Cabinet has drafted legislation meant to impose stiff
penalties on those convicted of what was termed terrorism. The kingdom is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet as well
as a British military presence.
Officials said the measures would involve revisions to the criminal code
and would deal with a range of offenses classified as terrorist. The
Directorate of Legal Affairs was authorized to coordinate the proposed
amendments with the ministries.
Bahrain has been alarmed by rising Islamic unrest over the last six
months, Middle East Newsline reported. This has included street fighting and at least one firebomb attack
on Bahraini police.
Officials said the new laws would be in accordance with those of other countries that have
joined in the war against Al Qaida and related groups.
The government's intention was discussed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Khalid Al Khalifa. Al Khalifa is also
minister of Islamic affairs.
Earlier this month, Western diplomats have warned nationals of several
countries to be on the alert for the prospect of Islamic attacks on
foreigners in Bahrain.