Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Activist in Bahrain jailed for five years
A court in the island state Bahrain has sentenced activist Rabeel Najab to five years in prison for criticizing his treatment in prison and the war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.
The International Federation for Human Rights, based in Paris, and others have criticized the trial in Bahrain.
Rajab was arrested in June 2016 in a major operation against dissidents in Bahrain. In July last year, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading rumors and [so called] fake news about Bahrain. The court then accused him of undermining the prestige of the state.
After his arrest he was admitted to a hospital several times. Sympathizers of Rajab feared for his life because he shared a cell with ISIS supporters. Rajab is both against the rulers in Bahrain and against extremist Muslims. …
Rajab‘s problems in Bahrain began in 2011 when he joined the protest movement in the context of the Arab Spring.
Bahrain lies off the coast of Saudi Arabia, north of Qatar. The American Fifth Fleet has a base in Bahrain.
See also here.
Bahrain upholds dodgy death sentences: here.
BAHRAIN: A total of 116 people were arrested in police raids on Saturday targeting alleged Shi’ite militants in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Since pro-democracy demonstrations were bloodily crushed in 2011 with the aid of Saudi troops, the US and British-backed regime regularly conducts sweeping arrests of those it perceives as a threat.
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