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21 Feb 2018

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP bar “insulting a neighboring in prison since 2012, all linked
country” and “insulting to his role in the protests.
national institutions”.
In the latest case, Rajab was
There was no immediate found guilty of insulting a
Top Bahrain rights activist comment from the Bahraini neighbouring country and
sentenced to five years in government on the reports. Bahrain activist Rajab spreading false news and
prison sentenced to 5 years for rumours, a judicial source
Rajab was already serving tweets told AFP on condition of
Prominent Bahraini rights a two-year sentence over a anonymity.
activist Nabeel Rajab was January 2015 news interview High-profile Bahraini activist
sentenced to five years in in which he was accused Nabeel Rajab was sentenced The charges are linked to
prison on Wednesday after of saying that Bahrain was to a further five years in jail tweets and retweets, made via
he was convicted over critical torturing political prisoners. on Wednesday over tweets Rajab's account and critical
comments he allegedly critical of the war in Yemen, of a Saudi-led coalition,
made on Twitter about the Read more a judicial source and human including Bahrain, that has
government, his lawyer and rights groups said. been fighting in Yemen in
activists said. support of its beleaguered
Rajab, a leading figure in
government since 2015.
Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf
pro-democracy protests that state's Sunni minority rulers, The charges also relate to
swept Bahrain in 2011, was was already serving a two- tweets critical of Bahrain's
sentenced over tweets which year sentence handed down treatment of inmates at the
criticized air strikes in Yemen last July for "disseminating notorious Jaw prison, south
by a Saudi-led coalition of rumours and false of the capital Manama.
which Bahrain is a member information" in television
and accusing Bahraini prison interviews critical of the Read more
authorities of torture. government.

The charges cited laws which He has served multiple stints

already serving a two-year
sentence handed down in July
over television interviews he
gave that included criticism
of Bahrain.

Rajab has been hospitalized
several times during his
most-recent incarceration
Bahrain sentences over heart problems and
prominent activist to 5 ulcers.
years in prison
Rajab’s Twitter account
A prominent human rights posted a message Wednesday
activist in Bahrain was saying he entered court with
sentenced Wednesday to five a “cheerful smile” before
years in prison over tweets his sentencing. After his
alleging prison torture in his sentencing, he raised his
country and misconduct in hands making a peace sign
Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and laughed.
despite wide international
criticism of his trial. The court’s decision drew
immediate condemnation
Nabeel Rajab’s sentencing from activists.
marks the latest chapter in
a yearslong crackdown on Read more
dissent in Bahrain, a tiny
island kingdom off the coast
of Saudi Arabia that’s home to
the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. He’s