Bahrain’s opposition leader’s trial adjourned to next week

Bahrain’s opposition leader’s trial adjourned to next week

Sheikh Salman, who is already serving a 4-year prison term, was charged with espionage last November.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The trial of Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman was adjourned to March 8 during the latest hearing on Thursday.

Sheikh Salman, who is already serving a 4-year prison term, was charged with espionage last November.

The charges in the case stem from his contacts with Qatari officials, who acted as mediators during a 2011 US-GCC initiative aimed at resolving Bahrain’s political crisis.

The allegations have been widely discredited after it emerged that Bahrain’s monarch preapproved Sheikh Salman’s interactions with the Qataris.

Bahrain joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in sanctioning Qatar in June over Doha’s alleged support for terrorism.

Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq party, which was chaired by Sheikh Salman, described the case as “malicious”, accusing the court of failing to meet the most basic elements of justice and integrity.

Sheikh Salman was initially jailed in December 2014 and later charged with inciting hatred against the regime.

The United Nations and international rights groups have dismissed the charges against him as politically motivated and continue to demand his immediate and unconditional release.



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