The main Shia opposition leader in Bahrain, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been jailed for four years for inciting violence, state media say. Sheikh Salman was convicted of inciting hatred, promoting disobedience and “insulting” public institutions. BBC was there:
His al-Wefaq movement has accused the Sunni-led government of aggravating the country’s crisis with his sentencing. The Gulf state has grappled with sporadic unrest since putting down mass Shia-led protests in 2011.
Sheikh Salman’s arrest in December triggered protests across the country. “The regime is pushing toward aggravation and issued a sentence of four years for the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman,” al-Wefaq tweeted.
Bahrain’s state news agency BNA said Sheikh Salman had been found guilty of charges “relating to publicly inciting hatred, an act which disturbed public peace, inciting non-compliance with the law and insulting public institutions”.