TWO Bahrainis accused of hurling firebombs at the house of a government official have been jailed for 12 months each.
The men, in their 30s, were yesterday convicted of possessing and throwing Molotov cocktails and putting the lives and properties of others in danger by the High Criminal Court.
However, they will only be behind bars for three months, having already spent nine months in custody.
The home of Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Rajab in West Riffa was targeted last October in an apparent attempt to intimidate her.
Ms Rajab earlier said in court she had been threatened by anti-government protesters two months before her home was attacked.
She told the judges she was threatened at a shopping mall in Budaiya last August, but said the man who approached her was not among the defendants.
The defendants, 27 and 34, were accused of driving a car to the house and throwing firebombs over a steel gate into her garden at 10pm, according to court documents. They escaped after a fire broke out, which damaged the marble floor.
However, defence lawyer Hafedh Ali earlier argued that one of the suspects, the 27-year-old, could not have committed the crime as he was withdrawing cash from an ATM at the time of the attack.
The attack happened only 24 hours after Ms Rajab took part in a TV debate with opposition leader and former Al Wefaq MP Khalil Al Marzooq.
During the debate, she showed pictures of attacks on policemen and questioned the stance of opposition groups during protests last February and March.