A Bahraini court Monday cut a jail term handed to a policeman for killing a protester during a uprising in 2011 from seven to three years, a judicial source said.
According to AFP, the policeman, who appeared in court, had been convicted of shooting dead protester Ali Musheime in February 2011 with birdshot, but the court said Monday that the killing was not premeditated murder.
Three policemen who witnessed the incident had said during investigations their colleague acted in self-defense after Musheime tried to attack members of their patrol in the Shia village of Dia, lawyers said.
Musheime was the first fatality of month-long protests against the rule of the Al-Khalifa dynasty that erupted in mid-February 2011.
Authorities say they are implementing the recommendations of an independent commission of inquiry called for by the king that confirmed allegations of excessive use of force by security forces during the uprising.
Home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Persian Gulf from Iran, Bahrain still sees demonstrations, mostly outside the capital Manama.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
At least 89 people have been killed since the protests began two and a half years ago, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.
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