Bahrain prosecution jails rights defender

Rajab, in his Twitter comments, had accused the Interior Ministry of being an ideological "incubator" for terrorist organizations.

Bahrain prosecution jails rights defender

World Bulletin/News Desk

Bahraini prosecution authorities on Thursday ordered the jailing of leading rights defender Nabeel Rajab for seven days pending his interrogation over accusations that he insulted the Interior Ministry on Twitter.

The official Bahraini news agency quoted lawyer Hussein al-Bu Ali as saying that the prosecution authorities had interrogated a man – in reference to Rajab – for posting statements on Twitter in which he insulted the Interior Ministry.

The lawyer added that Rajab, in his Twitter comments, had accused the Interior Ministry of being an ideological "incubator" for terrorist organizations.

"He [Rajab] confessed before prosecutors that he had posted these comments," the lawyer said, noting that prosecutors had ordered Rajab's imprisonment for seven days pending interrogation after accusing him of insulting a government agency.

Rajab's Twitter account, which is now being administered by a colleague, confirmed the lawyer's statements regarding the activist's imprisonment.

Rajab, 50, is the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. On September 28, he declared via Twitter that most of the Bahraini youth who had joined terrorist organizations – such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – hailed from the country's military and security establishments.

"This means that these establishments were the ideological incubator for these youths," Rajab had asserted on Twitter.

Bahraini authorities arrested Rajab on Wednesday with a view to questioning him over his statements.

The rights advocate was released from jail only four months ago after spending two years in prison for participating – and inviting others to participate – in a protest.

 

Last Mod: 03 Ekim 2014, 11:35
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