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26 Bahrainian protesters sent to prison

SAKHIR, Bahrain, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Bahrain's National Safety Court Tuesday sent 26 protesters to prison for as much as 15 years for their roles in protests this year.

Bahrain's government said in a statement the defendants were given terms ranging from five to 15 years for attempted murder and kidnapping, including "brutal attacks on policemen and foreign nationals" during political protests in March, CNN reported.

The sentences were announced one day after 22 other protesters were given 15-year terms for a March 13 riot at the University of Bahrain. Gulf Daily News reported the men were convicted taking part in a rampage at the school that included setting classrooms on fire.

Also Monday, 14 other men were convicted of murdering a Pakistani during the March unrest, the newspaper said. They were sentenced to life in prison.

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