Bahraini HR activist Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 3 months in prison

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Published in Bahrain
Tuesday, 10 July 2012


shiitenews nabeel rajab bahrainA Bahraini court has sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three months in prison for expressing his opinions on the social networking website Twitter.

Bahraini security forces attacked Rajab's home in the Bani Jamra district, west of the capital Manama, and arrested him on Monday shortly after the court's ruling.

A dynastic rule of unelected kings was imposed on Bahrain and these despotic rulers don’t allow voice of dissent in Bahrain. Therefore, prosecutors make false allegations to divide people so that monarch rule continue without any protest from people. They have accused Nabil Rajab of releasing tweets that insulted the population of the province of Muharaq in a way that questioned their patriotism.

But analysts believe that Rajab is jailed because his online comments were against the ruling Al Khalifa family, especially Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman, rather than insulting people of Muharaq. A group of retired army and security officers, who are seen as pro-government, filed a complaint against Rajab shortly after his tweet.

Rajab's tweet suggested that residents of the Muharraq district had made a show of support for PM Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman only because he had offered them subsidies. It was sort of bribe to muster support against ongoing pro-democracy movement.  

According to Rajab's lawyer, the activist's time behind bars will likely be shortened because he already served three weeks in detention.

Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, also faces charges related to anti-government protests in the Persian Gulf state. He is accused of organizing and taking part in protest demonstrations.

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"Nabeel Rajab has been sentenced to three months in prison," in the Muharaq case, his lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said, adding that the defense would appeal the verdict.

A dynastic rule of unelected kings was imposed on Bahrain and these despotic rulers don’t allow voice of dissent in Bahrain. Therefore, prosecutors make false allegations to divide people so that monarch rule continue without any protest from people. They have accused Nabil Rajab of releasing tweets that insulted the population of the province of Muharaq in a way that questioned their patriotism.

But analysts believe that Rajab is jailed because his online comments were against the ruling Al Khalifa family, especially Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman, rather than insulting people of Muharaq. A group of retired army and security officers, who are seen as pro-government, filed a complaint against Rajab shortly after his tweet.

Rajab's tweet suggested that residents of the Muharraq district had made a show of support for PM Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman only because he had offered them subsidies. It was sort of bribe to muster support against ongoing pro-democracy movement.  

According to Rajab's lawyer, the activist's time behind bars will likely be shortened because he already served three weeks in detention.

Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, also faces charges related to anti-government protests in the Persian Gulf state. He is accused of organizing and taking part in protest demonstrations.

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