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Will Bahrain use military trials against Shiite leader's supporters?

Bahrain recently amended its constitution to expand military courts' jurisdiction, perhaps in anticipation of fiery protests once a verdict is announced in the trial of Sheikh Isa Qassim.
A protester, holding a Bahraini flag, confronts a riot police armoured personnel carrier in an attempt to stop it from entering the village of Bilad Al Qadeem south of Manama, January 6, 2015.
  Bahraini police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to scatter protesters who gathered outside the home of Sheikh Ali Salman, a Shi'ite Muslim opposition leader on Monday, witnesses said, after he was remanded in custody for a further 15 days. Around 100 protesters angry at the decision had assembled outside his house
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Bahrain's Supreme Criminal Court once again has delayed its potentially explosive verdict in the money-laundering case against Shiite spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qassim, and authorities could be planning to use military courts to prosecute his supporters if violence erupts once the decision is announced.

The court was to issue its ruling March 14, but instead adjourned until May 7. Qassim’s defense lawyer, Abdul Rahman Khashram, told Al-Monitor he does not expect the May session to be delayed and that so far, there has been no order to arrest Qassim, who has denied all charges. On Feb. 27, the court had postponed the ruling until March 14. 

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