Protests sweep Bahrain for release of opposition leader Ali Salman

Protests sweep Bahrain for release of opposition leader Ali Salman
# 03 January 2015 03:47 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Protests swept Friday many parts of Bahrain for the release of opposition leader and General Secretary of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society Ali Salman, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

He was summoned by the CID on Sunday and the public prosecution remanded him on Tuesday for seven day in detention bending investigation.

Public Prosecution charged him with promoting political change using illegal forceful means, explicitly inciting hatred against specific segments of the society, incitement to non-compliance with the law and deliberate defamation of a statutory body (Interior Ministry).

Al Wefaq has been tweeting tweets with photos of demonstrations in different parts in the country Friday that were dispersed by the police. The Interior Ministry hasn't yet published any statement of violence or rioting.

His arrest has attracted criticism from different human rights organizations, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Foreign Affairs Ministry defended the arrest of Al Salman and highlighted that his arrest was for legal and not human right reasons.

The Public Prosecution has announced that it presented the defendant with evidence underpinning the charges, including recordings of public speeches that promoted political change, confronting state authorities, calls to stage unlawful protests, in addition to incitement to non-compliance with the law.

Bahrain has been suffering instability and violence since 2011 with Shiite protestors demanding more reforms and rights.

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