Ap­peal ver­dict ‘un­ac­cept­able’

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A Bahraini ap­peal court has more than dou­bled the prison term for the coun­try’s top Shia op­po­si­tion fig­ure in a rul­ing that his po­lit­i­cal bloc blasted as “un­ac­cept­able and provoca­tive”. Sheikh Ali Sal­man now faces nine years be­hind bars, up from an ear­lier four, fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion last year on charges that in­cluded in­cite­ment and in­sult­ing the In­te­rior Min­istry. Sal­man is the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Al We­faq, the coun­try’s largest Shia po­lit­i­cal group. He was a key fig­ure in Bahrain’s 2011 Arab Spring-in­spired up­ris­ing, which was dom­i­nated by the is­land na­tion’s Shia ma­jor­ity and sought greater po­lit­i­cal rights from the Sunni monar­chy. The case against Sheikh Ali Sal­man re­lates to speeches he gave be­tween 2012 and 2014. Al We­faq says his words were taken out of con­text.

JAILED: Sheikh Ali Sal­man

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