UN chief regrets sentences on Bahrain activists

UN chief regrets sentences on Bahrain activists
# 08 January 2013 21:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing deep regret at a Bahrain court's decision upholding harsh sentences against 20 political activists and is calling for a national dialogue to address the "legitimate aspirations" of all Bahrainis, APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.

Ban believes the only way to promote peace, stability, justice and prosperity in Bahrain is a dialogue where all communities can participate without fear or intimidation, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Tuesday.

The UN chief urged all Bahrainis to help create a peaceful atmosphere for such a dialogue to begin as soon as possible, Nesirky said

Bahrain's highest court on Monday upheld the 20 jail terms - including eight life sentences - for alleged plots to "overthrow" the state.

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