Bahrain Supreme Court upholds one year jail term for Shiite cleric, revokes citizenship

 

The Supreme Court in Bahrain stood by its decision to imprison Shiite spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qassim for a one year term. Additionally the court also upheld the decision to revoke Qassim’s citizenship.

Qassim was convicted on allegations of illegal fundraising and money laundering. According to the accusations against him, he abused his position as a religious leader to “serve foreign interests and promote… sectarianism and violence.” Along with Qassim, his allies Sheikh Hussein Mahrus and Mirza al-Obaidli, were also given the same sentence.

Qassim was hospitalized last month for blood pressure and diabetes-related treatment. He also underwent surgery. He has been held under house arrest in the village of Diraz at his residence, since his citizenship was revoked two years ago.

The Supreme Court has been very strict since 2011 protests in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

 

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