Lawyer: Bahrain opposition leader jailed for insulting ruling system

February 24, 2016 23:37


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 21, 2018
Former Trump lawyer Cohen to appear in Manhattan federal court