Bahrain's Sunni party rejects dialogue, calls for end to street violence

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-12-27 19:10:01

Bahrain's main Sunni political society on Thursday announced it will not take part in any dialogue initiated by the government following the recent court verdicts and the ongoing street violence.

The National Unity Assembly (NUA) head Shaikh Dr Abdullatif Al Mahmood said in a press conference that they rejected any talks between the government and political groups including opposition groups.

"What happened during the last two days failed our hope as judicial rulings commuted the death sentences to life imprisonment of two convicts who killed two policemen during last year's unrest, " Mahmood said.

He added that "the court further reduced the terms of four others held over the same case from life imprisonment to 15 years in jail, while another defendant, who remains missing, was also commuted to 15 years."

Mahmood said they had no other option but to reject any dialogue "until the violence and the terrorist acts stop."

"I want to assure that there has been no political dialogue between us and any of the parties. All rumors are baseless," he further stressed.

Mahmood renewed their demands of a massive gathering to mark the second anniversary of the society on February 21.

Mahmood said they would not allow Bahrain to be pressured by external or internal opposition forces. He further said the society rejected the exploitation of the recommendations of Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry report to "reward terror acts" against the right of nation.

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