Bahrain Mirror: The Fourth High Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Ali Al-Dhahrani, ruled during its 8:15 am session Sunday morning (May 21, 2017), a 1-years imprisonment against Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, Hussein al-Qasab, and Mirza Al-Dirazi, suspended for 3 years.
The ruling comes in the case linked to collecting the Khums religious money, which the Public Prosecution classified as collecting funds without authorization.
Moreover, the court also imposed a BD 100,000 fine for each defendant in the case. It also ruled the confiscation of the amount deposited in Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim's account, amounting to 3 million, 367 thousand, and 301 Bahraini Dinars, and the confiscation of two properties registered to Sheikh Qassim's name.
Regarding the second accusation the three defendants are charged with, which is collecting money for general purposes and without a license, the court sentenced a fine of BD 1000 against each defendant in the case.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had issued a decree to revoke the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim (June 20, 2016). Since that date, security authorities have surrounded all entry points to Diraz, and only residents of the town are allowed to enter through its checkpoints.