23 Mar 2017

Wednesday. into custody at Bahrain
The authorities did not International Airport on
immediately respond Wednesday, following a trip
to a Reuters request for abroad.
Former AFP
photographer released in comment, nor responded Bahraini officials did not
Bahrain, agency says to AFP requests for an French news agency says immediately respond
explanation of the incident. former staffer released in to an Associated Press
Bahraini authorities Bahrain request for comment. The
released a former Agence The photographer was photographer›s relatives
France-Presse photographer returning from a holiday Agence France-Presse says could not immediately be
on Thursday after holding abroad when he was a former photographer for reached.
him for more than 24 hours detained. His family said he the French news agency has
because of his work for AFP, had been released and did been released in Bahrain The arrest comes amid a
the French news agency not face any charges, AFP after being held for more renewed crackdown that
reported. reported on Thursday. than 24 hours. over the past year has
Al-Shaikh won the 2014 The news agency said on seen Bahraini activists
Mohammed Al-Shaikh, imprisoned or exiled and
a prize-winning local Bayeux-Calvados prize for Thursday that photographer the country›s largest Shiite
photojournalist who his coverage of an uprising Mohammed al-Shaikh is opposition group dissolved.
worked for AFP in Bahrain in the island monarchy in not facing charges, but
for several years, was 2011, which was put down that he was being held for
arrested at Manama airport by the authorities with help his work for the AFP. The read more
late on Tuesday, AFP and from several other Gulf agency says the government
the UK-based Bahrain Arab states. declined to renew his press
Press Association - a media read more credentials in August.
rights group - said late on Al-Shaikh was taken

The rulings come amid al-Shaikh is not facing
increased tensions in the charges, but that he was
Western-allied kingdom. being held for his work for
Authorities have stepped up the news agency. It says the
Bahrain sentences three a crackdown on dissent by government declined to
to death for ‹terrorism›, arresting activists, banning renew his press credentials
bomb attacks the main Shi›ite opposition Bahrain sentences 3 to in August. Al-Shaikh
al-Wefaq group and taking death on terror charges was taken into custody
A Bahraini court sentenced
three Shi›ite Muslim men steps to dissolve a secular A Bahrain court sentenced at Bahrain International
to death on Thursday association earlier this three people to death and Airport on Wednesday,
after they were convicted month. 14 others to lengthy prison following a trip abroad.
on charges of terrorism The statement said the terms on charges they Bahraini officials did not
and involvement in 2014 suspects were accused established a terrorist cell immediately respond
bomb attacks that injured a of forming a «dangerous with the intent of killing to an Associated Press
number of police officers. terrorist cell that carried policemen, al-Wasat, an request for comment. The
out the manufacture independent Bahraini news photographer›s relatives
The High Criminal Court website, reported Thursday.
also sentenced 14 other of explosives and local could not immediately be
people linked to the same weapons which they used Also Thursday, Agence reached.
case to prison terms against security forces in France-Presse reported
ranging from 10 years to the northern province». that a former photographer
life in jail, state news agency for the news agency was read more
BNA reported, quoting a released in Bahrain after
state prosecution statement. read more being held for more than 24
At least were sentenced in hours.
absentia, the statement said. AFP said Mohammed