Bahraini court sentences senior opposition figure to two years in jail

A court in Bahrain has sentenced senior opposition figure Majeed Milad to two years in jail allegedly for inciting public disobedience.

Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor Ahmed al-Qurashi said on Wednesday that the court handed down the term for “inciting non-compliance with the law,” the state-run Bahrain News Agency reported.

Milad, a member of the opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was arrested in June. According to Qurashi, he has the right to appeal the ruling.

Milad is among dozens of people who were arrested and given long jail terms over political activities by the Bahraini regime during the last four years. The prominent of all is Sheikh Ali Slaman, the bloc’s leader, who was detained on December 28, 2014. On June 16, a court sentenced Slaman to four years in prison.

The Bahraini judiciary has come under fire by many human rights groups for handing down long-term sentences to anti-regime protesters and activists in the country.

Amnesty International and other rights groups have repeatedly censured the Manama regime over the “rampant” human rights abuses against opposition activists and anti-government protesters.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on an almost daily basis in the streets of the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on the peaceful rallies.


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