The Al Khalifa regime has adjourned the trial of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, until May 7, as nationwide rallies were held in solidarity with the top cleric, activists said.
The trial session of Sheikh Qassim had been scheduled on Tuesday, March 14, but was adjourned until May 7.
The Bahraini regime’s decision came as dozens of supporters of Sheikh Qassim on Monday night held protests in Diraz, the hometown of the cleric, west of Manama, and other cities across the Persian Gulf country.
In the meantime, some sources have said that the Bahraini regime plans to send Sheikh Qassim to exile in Turkey in a bid to ease tensions.
The rallies came as Bahrain’s opposition groups have called on the people of the Arab kingdom to participate in a civil disobedience campaign in solidarity with Sheikh Qassim.
In a statement released on March 8, Bahraini revolutionary groups announced that the civil disobedience campaign would start on March 14 and last until the following morning.
It asked students to refuse to go to schools or universities on Tuesday and instead pour into streets and gather in front of the house of Sheikh Qassim in Diraz, west of Manama.
The Bahraini regime announced on June 20, 2016, that it had revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Qassim. The regime later said it would put the senior cleric on trial on charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism”.