|‘Bahraini lives cheaper than car tires’||
A prominent Bahraini activist deplored a court’s decision on Monday to reduce to three years the prison sentence of a police officer convicted of killing the first martyr of Bahrain's 2011 anti-government uprising
"Human lives in Bahrain [are] cheaper than car tires," Maryam al-Khawaja, acting director of Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), wrote on Twitter.
A Bahraini court originally sentenced the unnamed police officer in January to seven years in jail for fatally shooting 21-year-old Ali Musheime in the back on February 14, 2011 in the village of al-Daih during a "day of rage" rally which ignited a massive, pro-democracy rebellion against the Persian Gulf island's western-backed ruling family.
Meanwhile activists this week have continued to campaign against an alleged deal with South Korean suppliers to replenish Bahrain's stock of tear gas with a 1.6 million canister shipment, AFP reported.
The "Stop the Shipment" campaign was launched last week after a secret tender was leaked from Bahrain's interior ministry showing its intentions to place an order for 1.6 million tear gas shells, 145,000 stun and flash grenades, and 90,000 tear gas grenades.
Physicians for Human Rights says that 39 deaths in Bahrain since February 2011 are attributed to tear gas.
Campaigners say over 20,000 e-mails have been sent to parties involved in the tear gas order urging them to cancel the deal.
At least 87 more would be killed in the ensuing crackdown on dissidents, according to BCHR.
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