Bahrain executes three men the day after US reinstates federal death penalty

Human rights groups have condemned the execution of three men in Bahrain on Saturday.

(CNN)Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain on Saturday morning, according to the kingdom's state news agency.

The move came days after the United States announced it would be reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades.
The executions were confirmed by Bahrain's advocate general and chief of anti-crime prosecution, Ahmed al Hammadi, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
The men were convicted in two separate cases by the High Criminal Court after each investigation from Bahrain's Public prosecutor called for them to receive the maximum sentence, BNA said.
    Bahrain's public prosecutor said that two of the executed men were convicted of "joining a terrorist group, committing murders, and possessing explosives and firearms to carry out terror acts."
    There were 58 other individuals accused in the case, 19 of whom were sentenced to life in prison, according to BNA. Two were acquitted, it said.
    Two of the men, Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali were sentenced to death by the court and the rulings were upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Court of Cessation.