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Bahraini Regime’s Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Islamic Scholar
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Bahraini Regime’s Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Islamic Scholar

top Bahraini regime court has rejected an appeal filed by Seyyed Kamel al-Hashimi a prominent Islamic scholar imprisoned by a lower court.

Alwaght-A top Bahraini regime court has rejected an appeal filed by Seyyed Kamel al-Hashimi a prominent Islamic scholar imprisoned by a lower court.
Sayyed Hashimi was handed a three year jail sentence for reportedly insulting the Bahraini king in public inciting anti-regime sentiments among the Shiite Muslims - during a Friday prayer speech in Bani Jamrah area.
The regime’s appeal court has upheld an earlier ruling that the Islamic scholar be jailed for three years.
Another Shiite cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was arrested on December 28, 2014 after Manama accused him of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers.
On June 16, 2015, a Bahraini court sentenced Salman to four years in prison on charges such as insulting the Bahraini Interior Ministry and inciting others to break the law. He was acquitted of seeking regime change.
Two weeks ago, a regime court gave a one-year prison sentence to Ibrahim Sharif, the secretary general of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), for “inciting hatred against the political regime.”
Sharif was first found guilty of the charges in 2011 over his involvement in the popular uprising that began to engulf the country earlier that year. He then started to serve a five-year sentence, but was released from prison on June 19, 2015 due to “royal amnesty.”
He was rearrested last year after criticizing the Bahraini regime during a memorial ceremony for a victim of the unrest and faced the charges again.
The Bahrain regime continues to impose restrictions on freedom of expression and misusing the judicial procedures as a political tool to silence voices and terrorize the opponents who practice freedom of speech whether during religious sermons, seminars, on social networks or the Internet. The regime uses coercive force to stop the preachers whose speeches are not consistent with the official approach.
Since February 14 2011, multitudes of protesters opposed to the brutal Bahraini regime have held numerous peaceful rallies in the streets of the island kingdom, demanding their inalienable human rights. The demonstrators gradually demanded the al-Khalifa family to relinquish power.
In response, the regime has dealt with peaceful protesters with a heavy-handed crackdown, killing many people, injuring and arresting many more. The regime is also abusing the law by withdrawing citizenship of opposition activists.
Late February a UN report singled out Bahrain as among the worst offenders of human rights in the world, citing Bahraini persecution of Shiite Muslims in the country.
The harsh verdict is contained in a report of the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council which expressed concerns that the "Bahraini government had engaged in systemic discrimination against its Shiite Muslim citizens through cultural, economic, educational, and social policies."


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