A Bahrain appeals court has convicted nine medics who were part of an original group of 20 sentenced last year for treating demonstrators during anti-government protests. The former senior medic at Bahrain’s top hospital was sentenced to five years in prison, while the eight others received sentences ranging from one month to three years. Nine other medics of the original 20 had their verdicts dismissed. The prosecution of the medics and their torture while in custody has been widely criticized. In a statement, the U.S.-based group Physicians for Human Rights said: "It is a travesty of justice that the trials continued and that the medics are now sentenced to jail time."