MANAMA, Bahrain— A prominent opposition figure accused by
Bahrain of plotting against the state plans to return from London, an
aide said Monday, in a move that could bolster protesters and force
authorities into difficult choices.
Hassain Meshaima, head of a
group known as Haq, is scheduled to arrive late Tuesday as the embattled
monarchy tries to engage demonstrators in talks aimed at easing the
week-long series of clashes and marches that have deeply divided the
strategic Gulf nation.
A rights activist and supporter, Abbas
Omran, confirmed Meshaima's plans, but gave no further details on his
objections once he returns after eight months in self-exile.
is considered by Bahrain's officials as a potential enemy of the state.
He and another London-based opposition leader is being tried in
absentia among a total of 25 Shiite activists accused of plotting to
overthrow Bahrain's Sunni rulers.
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