Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 2yrs in jail for spreading ‘false news’

Latest news

    View the original article:

    A prominent human rights activist has been sentenced to two years in jail after a Bahraini court found him guilty of spreading “false news” about the situation inside the country. Amnesty International has called it a “flagrant violation of human rights.”

    Nabeel Rajab was sentenced earlier Monday over television interviews in which prosecutors claim he disseminated rumors and false information regarding Bahrain, AP reported.

    Read more

    Bahrain executes three Shiites in first capital punishment since 2010

    The Shia opposition activist was convicted of “disseminating false news, statements and rumors about the internal situation of the kingdom that would undermine its prestige and status,” a judicial source told the official BNA news agency, as cited by AFP.

    The 52-year-old was sentenced in absentia, as he has been hospitalized since April, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.

    The institute has denounced the verdict, saying Rajab had been sentenced “for speaking to journalists” and that he had “spent over a year in pre-trial detention, largely in solitary confinement.

    His lawyers state he was denied basic fair trial guarantees,” the group said in a statement.

    Rajab’s cousin, Sheikh Maytham al Salman, denounced the trial of his relative as “an attempt by the government of Bahrain to silence all forms of criticism for human rights violations” and added that Rajab “was not given any access to meet his family or talk to his family or meet his lawyers in the last couple of days.”

    He also called on the international community – and specifically the US, the UK and the EU – to “play a role in countering and stopping and putting an end to the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.”

    The decision has also been slammed by Amnesty International, which said it exposes a “relentless campaign” by Bahraini authorities to “wipe out dissent.”

    Imprisoning Nabeel Rajab simply for sharing his opinion is a flagrant violation of human rights, and an alarming sign that the Bahraini authorities will go to any length to silence criticism,” Amnesty’s secretary-general, Salil Shetty, said.

    Bahrain’s government and judiciary have once again tightened their chokehold on freedom of expression and branded [Rajab] a criminal,” he added.

    However, the judicial source cited by Bahraini state media said that “all legal guarantees” had been provided to Rajab, and that his lawyer was present for the proceedings. He added the Monday ruling can be appealed.

    Rajab, who helped lead Bahrain’s Arab Spring protests in 2011, was arrested on the “fake news” charges in June 2016.

    He is also awaiting an August 7 trial for a series of tweets in which he criticized the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, according to the Bahrain Institute.

    Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail if he is found guilty in that trial.

    The 52-year-old has also been arrested numerous other times. In 2015, he spent two months in jail after alleging in a tweet that some of Bahrain’s soldiers had defected to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), before being pardoned for health reasons.

    Bahrain has been the scene of frequent demonstrations and clashes with police since the 2011 Arab Spring protests were quelled by the government. The country’s Shia-led opposition is demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. Although the majority of Bahrain’s population are Shia, the country’s royal family is Sunni.

    In the same category are

    ‘Captain Haddock’: Jacob Rees-Mogg urges government to seize British fish from EU Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed Theresa May for yet again bowing to the EU over fishing rights during a Brexit transition period. It come...
    ‘Bathtub reminds me of waterboarding’: Ex-detainees recount US torture 15yrs after Iraq invasion Former Abu Ghraib detainees say time has not fully healed the physical and mental pain they suffered at the infamous US prison. Iraqis spoke with RT o...
    ‘Russia, Russia, Russia!’ – Michael Moore slams corporate media for ignoring real issues Liberal firebrand and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore lashed out at corporate media for their non-stop coverage of alleged Russian malfeasance, di...
    ‘They were on our side’: Facebook ‘allowed’ Obama campaign to mine data As Facebook faces public anger over Cambridge Analytica harvesting personal information for the Trump campaign, it’s been revealed that the social med...
    #DeleteFacebook trending as users fume over Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal The hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending, after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica bought data harvested from 50 million Facebook users and used ...
    FBI stalked Black Lives Matter activists, redacted documents show The FBI snooped on Black Lives Matter protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, newly released files suggest. It went beyond online surveillance and was justi...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *