Bahrainis busted for smuggling weapons from Iraq
Bahrain is alleging that Iraqi militia strongman Muqtada “Mookie” al-Sadr is training fifth columnists to seize power in Bahrain when the time is right.
Yet the headline and allegation cannot be read at face value: this Bahraini newspaper Gulf Daily News represents the ruling Sunni monarchy and so does the legal system that produced the forced confessions of the Shia defendants in the alleged Sadrist plot.
By the way, it is cases like this that Bahrain’s neighbor Saudi Arabia may replicate if and when it seeks to enforce its new informant rewards program. Like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia has strategic interests in crippling internal Shia dissidents.
That being said, the very real possibility that Sadr would back elements to Bahrain and wait to take over has a definite ring of truth to it. Iran and its Iraqi ally Sadr would both love to see an arc of Shia control spanning from Aleppo to Manama.
Here’s the Gulf Daily News account, with thanks to LatLongPacific for notifying Money Jihad about the story:
By NOOR ZAHRA, Posted on Friday, February 07, 2014
SIX men who allegedly smuggled large hauls of weapons into Bahrain were yesterday remanded in police custody for 30 days.
The Bahrainis reportedly travelled to Iraq last year to receive militia training in weapons with Shi’ite strongman Moqtada Al Sadr’s Mahdi Army, according to case files.
They have been accused of conspiring with a foreign country, joining the movement of Al Sadr, recruiting others and being part of a terrorist cell.
They have also been charged with receiving militia training in weapons and explosives.
One of the men, who was arrested on September 25 last year, was allegedly recruited through a middleman in Iraq.
“We went to Iraq and received militia training along with the army of Moqtada Al Sadr,” said the 23-year-old in his statement to prosecutors.
“The Iraqis told us not to get involved with riots in Bahrain, so we will not be arrested over something small.
“They told us to prepare ourselves for when chaos happened and that is when we come into the picture.
“We went to Karbala and received training in AK47s, explosives and RPGs. We also received $400 each.”
His co-defendant, an 18-year-old Bahraini, told prosecutors they used charity money donated by political societies in attacks against policemen…