March 25th 2013 in Briefings International Relations

On March 18 seventeen anti-government Shiite protesters were handed fifteen year jail terms for their alleged involvement in a bomb attack against four policemen in April 2012. In the meanwhile, anti-government protests erupted once again on March 22 near the national capital of Bahrain, with thousands of Shiite demonstrators calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman. The Sunni-dominated government of Bahrain has regularly condemned Iran for political interference in the Shia-majority Gulf kingdom, which was reflected most recently in a speech to parliament by the Interior Minister of Bahrain on February 28. (March 1, 2013 – The Khaleej Times; March 18 – The Peninsula; March 22, 2013 – The Daily Star)