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Bahrain opposition leader sentenced to life in prison

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MANAMA – Bahrain’s opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been handed a life sentence after the Court of Appeal found him guilty of spying for Qatar. The ruling comes just months after the Bahraini High Court of First Tier acquitted Salman of the charge of “colluding” with the rival state.

Human rights group Amnesty International has described the decision as a “travesty of justice” amid Bahrain’s “continued crackdown on dissent”.

Ali Salman, who led the now outlawed Al-Wefaq movement, was accused of plotting with Qatar to stoke anti-government unrest in 2011.

Bahrain witnessed mass protests in February 2011 that were late suppressed by the authorities. The judiciary authorities ever since has tightened its sentences against Shiite dissidents whom demand constitutional monarchy.

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