Bahrain court adjourns trial of protest activists

By the Associated Press | May 16, 2011 | 7:13 AM EDT

A Bahraini girl sitting in a window flashes a victory sign Saturday, May 14, 2011, as residents of the western Shiite Muslim village of Malkiya, Bahrain, welcome Ahmed Juma'a, 20, (unseen) home from jail. Juma'a was detained last week and released Saturday as part of the crackdown on anti-government protesters, which has netted several hundreds mostly from Shiite Muslim areas. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's special security court has adjourned the trial of 21 opposition leaders and political activists, mostly Shiites, accused of plotting against the state.

The suspects — 14 in custody and the others charged in absentia — are accused of attempting to overthrow the 200-year-old Sunni dynasty and having links to "a terrorist organization abroad."

That's an apparent reference to Bahrain's claims that the protesters had contact with Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Lawyers for those in custody have entered not guilty pleas. The next session was set for Sunday.

The Bahrain News Agency also said on Monday the court has agreed to end solitary confinement for opposition leaders detained following a military crackdown in March.