Bahrain opposition leader’s jail term upped to 9 years
DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Monday more than doubled a jail sentence against opposition leader Ali Salman.
The appeals court increased the sentence imposed on charges of inciting violence to nine years from the original four, a judicial official said.
The 50-year-old was originally con- victed in July 2015, drawing condemnation from human rights groups as well as both the United States and Iran. Demonstrators have taken to the streets demanding his release.
Arrested in December 2014, he was also convicted last year of inciting hatred in the kingdom but acquitted of seeking to overthrow the monarchy and change the political system.
The court reversed the earlier acquittal, convicting Salman of “calling for a regime change by force,” according to a prosecutor statement.