SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-The head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights has been detained and referred to prosecutors over tweets that offended the country’s Interior Ministry, his lawyer said Thursday.
Nabeel Rajab was detained Wednesday for questioning, lawyer Jalila al-Sayed said, in part due to one tweet in which he said many Bahraini men who joined terrorist groups like the Islamic State group came from the country’s own security institutions.
Rajab previously served two years in prison for leading anti-government Shiite protests. He was released in May.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Rajab was summoned because of tweets that had “denigrated government institutions,” without elaborating.
Rajab wrote on Twitter on Sept. 28 that security institutions are “the first ideological incubator” for Bahrainis who joined the Islamic State group fighting in Iraq and Syria.