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Life sentence for Bahrain opposition leader is travesty of justice

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SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Ali Salman, the Bahraini Shiite leader was sentenced to life in prison by a Bahraini court , overturning previous acquittals on charges of spying for Qatar in what an international rights group called  a travesty of justice. On…

UK MPs from different parties, Calls for Release All Bahrain Political Prisoners

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SHAFAQNA- UK MPs from different parties, excluding the ruling Conservative Party, have already made a similar motion three years ago, demanding the release of opposition figures in Bahrain, namely their leader Sheikh Ali Salman. They called…

Is acquittal of Sheikh Ali Salman a sign of reform in Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - Acquittal of Bahrain Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman could be a sign for an end to repression against majority Shia population. Bahrainis rose up against the regime in 2011, calling for a constitutional monarchy and an…

Verdict in case against Sheikh Ali Salman expected on June 21

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SHAFAQNA - A Manama court adjourned proceedings in the case against Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman during the latest hearing on Tuesday. The next session has been scheduled for June 21 at which time the court is expected…

Sheikh Ali Salman’s trial adjourned until January 4

SHAFAQNA - A Manama court adjourned the trial of Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman until January 4. Thursday’s postponement was the third in the case as the court reportedly waits to hear testimony from a prosecution witness. Sheikh…

THE BLOODY ATTACK ON DIRAZ - The International Community Disregards the Bloody Crackdown in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - The following letter was sent to Shafaqna News Association by by Lawyer Reema Shaman - Wife of Shiekh Ali Salman; political detainee and the secretary general of Al-Wefaq, the largest banned political opposition bloc in Bahrain. Six…

Sheikh Ali Salman: "Sheikh Isa Qassim’s trial persecution of all Bahraini Shia"

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s senior opposition cleric Sheikh Ali Salman says the prosecution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim amounts to persecution and targeting of the entire Shia community in the country. Salman, the secretary general of the…

Sheikh Ali Salman retrial was postponed by Al-Khalifa regime

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SHAFAQNA- Distinguished Shia opposition cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, who has been sentenced to nine years in jail for alleged subversion, has attended the first hearing in his retrial. According to Bahrain’s al-Wasat newspaper, the head of…

Bahrain court overturns 9-year jail term against Sheikh Ali Salman, orders retrial

SHAFAQNA - A top court in Bahrain on Monday overturned a nine-year jail term against prominent opposition group chief, Sheikh Ali Salman. The court of the cassation ordered a retrial of the head of the Al-Wefaq political formation before…

Bahrainis Condemn Extension of Sheikh Ali Salman's Jail Sentence

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SAFAQNA- Bahrainis held hundreds-strong protests throughout Manama, venting rage at a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that has more than doubled the jail sentence against the country’s top opposition leader. On Tuesday, the protesters…
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Bahrain court to issue Sheikh Ali Salman's sentence on May 30

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini Appeals Court decided on Monday (April 11, 2016) to issue its verdict in the Al-Wefaq Secretary-General Sheikh Ali Salman's case on May 30. The court had sentenced Sheikh Salman to four years in prison over a speech…

Sheikh Ali Salman's Testimony at the Bahrain's High Court of Appeal

SHAFAQNA- This is a translated Arabic transcript of the testimony delivered by the Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman, at the High Court of Appeal on January 14, 2016: In the name of Allah, the Entirely…

US Department of State Urges Bahrain to Drop Charges Brought Against Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - The State Department’s spokesperson, John Kirby, has said in a daily press briefing that charges against Sheikh Ali Salman that were brought on the basis of freedom of peaceful expression should be dropped. Sheikh Salman, Secretary…

UN Right Group: Sheikh Ali Salman Detained Arbitrarily

SHAFAQNA-A United Nations rights group says the prominent Bahraini Shia cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been detained arbitrarily, calling on the Manama regime to release him immediately. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention announced…

Sheikh Ali Salman is denied access in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he is being denied right to discussion with his legal representatives as his appeal approaches on 14th October 2015. The court and prison administration…

Sheikh Ali Salman - A Letter to My Beloved Daughter

SHAFAQNA - My dear son Mojtaba, My dear daughter Naba’, You are the joy of my heart and you know how much I love you, long to see you, and dream about the future I desire for you. Allow me, dear Mojtaba, to address your little sister…