Bahraini Court Upholds 3-Year Prison Sentence against Shiite Cleric for "Insulting King" & "Inciting Hatred"

2016-03-09 - 6:40 am

Bahrain Mirror: The Bahraini Second High Criminal Court of Appeals, presided over by judge Ibrahim Al-Zayed with the membership of judges Wajih Al-Shaer and Ayman Mahran and Youssef Bou Hardan as secretariat, upheld a first degree verdict sentencing a Shiite cleric, Sayyed Kamel Al-Hashemi, to three years in prison, over charges of insulting the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and inciting hatred against a [religious] sect, in a Friday sermon he had delivered in the Barbar Mosque and a speech at the Buni Jamra Ma'tam.

The Bahrain Public Prosecution accused Al-Hashemi of promoting hatred against a certain sect of people, disturbing public peace and also publically insulting the king. The court ruled to imprison him for one year over first charge and two years over second.

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