Lawyer: Bahrain opposition leader jailed for insulting ruling system

By REUTERS
February 24, 2016 23:37

 
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A prominent Bahraini opposition figure was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday on charges of insulting the kingdom's ruling system in a speech last year, his defense lawyer said.

But the court cleared Ibrahim Sharif, former head of the secular National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, of the more serious charge of calling for regime change through illegal means, the lawyer, Mohammed Ahmed, told Reuters by telephone.

The public prosecution, in a statement on social media that did not refer to Sharif by name, said a suspect was convicted of "insulting the constitutional system in the country and mocking it" but cleared him of calling for regime change in violation of the constitution.

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