Bahrain rejects requests for Rajab’s release
DUBAI: A Bahraini court yesterday denied a request to release rights activist Nabeel Rajab who is serving a three-year sentence for taking part in anti-regime protests, his lawyer said. The request was made by Rajab’s defense team, lawyer Muhammad Al-Jishi said.
The court “rejected a request to release Nabeel Rajab and suspend” his sentence, Jishi said on his Twitter account.
Rajab, 48, went on hunger strike on Oct. 6 after the authorities denied his request to attend a three-day condolences gathering for his mother. The government did release him temporarily for her funeral on Oct. 4, where he “violated” the terms of his release by urging Shiites to continue anti-government protests.
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said that Rajab called on mourners to “continue their struggle for rights and democracy,” and argued that his speech was a “peaceful expression of opinion.”
The courts have merged Rajab’s three separate cases of “incitement and illegal assembly” into one single appeal, with the next hearing set for Oct.16.
Posted by: Steve White