DUBAI (AFP) - Twenty Bahraini medics handed long jail terms for their role during anti-regime protests launched an appeal on Sunday, a defendant and the opposition said. The doctors, nurses, and paramedics were initially tried and convicted in the military-run National Safety Court on September 28 on a raft of charges, including incitement to overthrow the regime. They were handed sentences ranging from five to 15 years each. The government portrayed Sunday's hearing as a new trial, following widespread condemnation of Bahrain's Sunni-led regime in the wake of last month's sentencing. But defendants and rights activists said it was an appeal in civil court.