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.

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