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The World Trade Centre in Manama. Bahrain was one of the first countries in the region to diversify its economy away from the hydrocarbons industry. Image Credit: Supplied

Manama: A Bahraini court on Sunday revoked an earlier ruling stripping 92 convicts of their citizenship in a terror-related case, Bahraini newspaper Al Ayam reported online.

The 92 were among a total of 138 defendants who were in April sentenced by a lower court to varying jail terms and had their citizenships revoked on charges of setting up an illegal pro-Iranian group, called the Bahraini Hezbollah.

The Higher Appeals Court on Sunday upheld the jail sentences against all 138 convicts, the paper said.

Those sentences range from life in prison handed down to 69 defendants to 10 to three years in jail against the others in the same case.

They were also charged with forming a terrorist cell on Iranian orders and planning terror attacks aimed at destabilising Bahrain. Thirty others were cleared in the same case.

In April, Bahraini King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa reinstated 551 convicts’ nationality that had been earlier revoked by court rulings. Citizenship revocation must be approved by the monarch.

In recent years, hundreds of Bahrainis have been stripped of their citizenship after courts in the country convicted them on terrorism-related charges.