Bahrain opposition leader in custody for 15 more days

January 6, 2015 1:28 am 

MANAMA, Jan. 5 — A Bahraini opposition leader was ordered held for 15 more days pending investigations into charges of law violation, Bahrain's High Prosecution announced on its Twitter account.

Ali Salman, secretary general of Shiite Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, was detained on Dec. 28 after leading a protest rally against November general elections which his party boycotted.

He was charged with promoting political change using illegal means, explicitly inciting hatred against specific segments of society, inciting others to break the law and deliberately insulting the Interior Ministry.

His arrest has prompted a series of protests in different parts of Bahrain by his followers demanding his release.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, along with some other international organizations, have demanded that Salman immediately be released.

Al Wefaq, in a statement Monday, warned that the continuation of the detention of its chief will lead to a political deadlock in Bahrain.

The country has been suffering instability and violence since 2011 with Shiite protesters demanding more reforms and rights.(PNA/Xinhua)



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