Appeal verdict ‘unacceptable’
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