Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab to face trial over tweets

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Published Thursday, October 9, 2014

Leading Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab is to remain in custody and go on trial from October 19 on charges of posting tweets deemed insulting to authorities, the prosecution said Thursday.

A general prosecutor, Hussein al-Buali, said Rajab was charged with "publicly insulting government institutions," after the defense and interior ministries lodged complaints over his comments on Twitter.

Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was released in May after serving two years in jail for participating in unauthorized protests.

But he was arrested on October 1 over his tweets.

In one tweet, Rajab charged that Bahrainis allegedly joining Islamist extremists in Syria were originally members of the kingdom's security forces.

"Many Bahrain men who joined terrorism and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) came from security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator," he wrote.

This is not the first time Rajab is detained. He was released in May this year after serving a two-year jail sentence for his role in pro-democracy protests in the US-allied kingdom.

Rajab was a leader of the demonstrations against the ruling Al-Khalifa family in February 2011 that were crushed a month later.

Tiny but strategic Bahrain, home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided and sporadic protests still often spiral into clashes with police.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


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