Prominent Bahraini Shiite cleric marks two years in detention

Prominent Bahraini Shiite cleric marks two years in detention

Prominent Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Majeed Al Meshaal marked two years in detention this week amid renewed calls for his immediate release.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Prominent Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Majeed Al Meshaal marked two years in detention this week amid renewed calls for his immediate release.

On Monday, the Deputy Secretary-General of Bahrain’s opposition Al-Wafaq movement Sheikh Hussein Al-Daihi described the jailed cleric as a ‘symbol for all free people’.

Sayed Al Meshaal chaired the now-dissolved Islamic Scholars Council – one of Bahrain’s leading Shiite religious institutions.

He was arrested in July 2016 and later sentenced to a two and a half year prison term.

His arrest and charges stem from his participation in a round-the-clock vigil around the home of Bahrain’s highest religious authority, Sheikh Isa Qassim.

The jailing and harassment of Shiite clerics in Bahrain has become increasingly frequent in recent years, drawing a wave of condemnation from rights groups and the UN.


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