Court dis­solves main Shi’ite op­po­si­tion

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A court on Sun­day or­dered the dis­so­lu­tion of Bahrain’s Shi­ite main op­po­si­tion group AlWe­faq, de­spite in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism of the Sunni-ruled Gulf king­dom’s in­ten­si­fied crack­down on dis­sent.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive court in Manama also or­dered the funds of the group, found guilty of “harbouring ter­ror­ism” among other charges, to be seized by the gov­ern­ment, said the jus­tice min­istry.

The rul­ing can still be ap­pealed in the case which Bri­tain’s For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son said his coun­try would con­tinue to fol­low “closely”.

Al-We­faq was the largest group in par­lia­ment be­fore its law­mak­ers re­signed en masse in protest at the crush­ing of demon­stra­tions in 2011 call­ing for an elected gov­ern­ment.

The court said Al-We­faq, which draws most of its sup­port from Bahrain’s Shi­ite ma­jor­ity, in­cited vi­o­lence and en­cour­aged demon­stra­tions and sit-ins which threat­ened to spark “sec­tar­ian strife”.

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