Former al-Wefaq lawmaker taken into custody

Former al-Wefaq lawmaker taken into custody

Sheikh Hamza al-Diri, who was accused of taking part in a peaceful sit-in outside the home of the country’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim, was arrested in the courtroom on Wednesday.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A former parliamentarian with Bahrain’s opposition Al Wefaq party has been taken into custody after a Manama court upheld his one-year prison sentence.

Sheikh Hamza al-Diri, who was accused of taking part in a peaceful sit-in outside the home of the country’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim, was arrested in the courtroom on Wednesday.

Sheikh al-Diri was originally sentenced in October, but he stayed out of jail on bail during the appeal process.

The arrest is part of a much broader campaign against Bahrain’s opposition and other dissident voices in the country.


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