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'Meal box' bomber jailed for 15 years.

A BAHRAINI bomb courier has been jailed for 15 years.

The 39-year-old delivered explosives to terrorists in packages codenamed "meal" boxes.

He was arrested after 40-year-old bomb maker Nabeel Al Samee, who supplied the packages, blew himself up on July 19 last year.

"The defendant helped Nabeel Al Samee transport weapons and explosives to members of terrorist groups," said the High Criminal Court ruling issued yesterday.

"The defendant transported explosives in boxes codenamed 'meals' between several villages, including Karzakan and Al Hajer.

"He couriered the bombs in his Nissan Sunny and delivered them to members of an illicit group."

The court convicted the defendant of possessing and transporting explosives, despite hearing that he suffered from a condition with similar symptoms as schizophrenia - such as hallucinations and delusions.

He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which also has mood disorder symptoms like mania and depression.

"The defendant did not confess under duress and a Psychiatric Hospital report compiled by a medical panel concluded he should be held responsible for his actions, despite receiving treatment for schizoaffective disorder," added the court ruling. "They said schizoaffective disorder did not affect his awareness and he was fully accountable for his actions."

Bomb maker Mr Al Samee died when the military-grade M18A1 Claymore mine he was carrying detonated accidentally at an abandoned farm in Al Hajer, which was being used by terrorists as a covert weapons facility.

Injury

The GDN previously reported that body parts of the bomber were first discovered by a child, who alerted the dead man's brother.

He in turn called police, and the first officer to arrive at the scene said two of Mr Al Samee's limbs were severed and parts of his body hung from a farm wall.

Radical anti-government factions in Bahrain have repeatedly planted explosives designed to kill and injure police officers as part of a campaign of violence targeting security forces.

Despite pleading not guilty the bomb courier admitted during questioning at the Public Prosecution that he was paid BD100 to deliver explosives, made by Mr Al Samee, to terrorists for use in attacks on police. The defendant has also been implicated in a number of other cases involving the distribution of weapons and explosives.

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Date:Mar 1, 2018
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