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Jailed Bahraini Cleric Congratulates Gaza on Eid al-Adha

17:18 - June 20, 2024
News ID: 3488831
IQNA – Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition group the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society who is prison, congratulated the people of Gaza on Eid al-Adha.

Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition group the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society

 

In a message from prison, Sheikh Salman extended felicitations on the occasion to the Muslim Ummah, the Hajj pilgrims, the people of Bahrain and especially the oppressed people of the Gaza Strip who are facing a genocidal war waged by the Israeli regime.  

The office of the senior cleric published the message, noting that Sheikh Salman has also appreciated people’s efforts to serve the families of martyrs.

Bahrain’s highest court in January 2019 upheld life sentences against three opposition leaders, including Sheikh Ali Salman, on charges of “spying for Qatar”.

Sheikh Salman was convicted in November 2019 of “communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order,” a ruling rights groups denounced as a travesty of justice.

The London-based human rights group Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said the verdict marked the end of a “long, flawed trial”.

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Back then, al-Wefaq stated that the Bahraini judiciary was a tool in the hands of the ruling Manama regime, and the ruling reflected the magnitude of turmoil in the kingdom.

Qatar has categorically denied accusations of conspiring with Salman against Bahrain.

Human rights groups have frequently said cases against activists in Bahrain fail to meet the fundamental requirements of fair trials.

 

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