Bahrain – Sheikh Salman is sentenced to prison

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain sentenced opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman to four years in jail Tuesday on charges related to alleged incitement against the ruling system, his Al Wefaq party said on its official twitter account.

“The regime is pushing toward aggravation and issued a sentence of four years for the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman,” the party wrote.

Amnesty International has called on Bahraini authorities to release “immediately and unconditionally” the prominent Shia cleric and opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman.

In a statement released on Monday, Amnesty described Salman as “a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully expressing his views.”

The detention and trial of Salman is “a blatant violation of his right to freedom of expression,” the rights group said, adding that the move shows “the Bahraini authorities continued attempt to suppress political opposition and silence critical voices.”

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