Al-Wefaq calls on Al Khalifa to free Sheikh Isa Qassim after 300 days of house arrest

Al-Wefaq calls on Al Khalifa to free Sheikh Isa Qassim after 300 days of house arrest

The opposition group also demanded that Sheikh Qassim’s nationality be reinstated and for the regime to halt its campaign against Bahrain’s Shiite majority.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society called on Manama to free the country’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim, who marked 300 days under house arrest on Monday.

The opposition group also demanded that Sheikh Qassim’s nationality be reinstated and for the regime to halt its campaign against Bahrain’s Shiite majority.

The 80-year-old cleric was arbitrarily stripped of his citizenship in June 2016 and confined to Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz.

Security forces stormed his residence last May and placed him under house arrest. He has been deprived of adequate medical care for months leading to numerous health complications.

Al-Wefaq described the measures against Sheikh Qassim as a “message” to all his followers, opposition activists, and their supporters.

The group added that Bahrain continues to be gripped by repression at a time when the vast majority of its people are demanding justice and democracy.


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