Bahraini court summons former opposition MP

The office of Bahrain’s public prosecutor has summoned a top Shia al-Wefaq Party leader to court over his recent anti-government remarks.

Former MP Khalil Marzouk was summoned to court on Tuesday, reportedly for “inciting violence” during a speech he made last week.

“He is accused of encouraging youth to engage in violence and trying to topple the regime,” former MP Ali Alaswad said.

Reports said that Marzouk was referred to the public prosecutor after being summoned by police to the Al-Budyia station, located in the west of Manama.

Al-Wefaq condemned the act by Bahraini authorities in a statement on Tuesday, calling it “a clear attack on political activism in Bahrain.”

Marzouk served as deputy speaker in the country’s 40-member parliament before a walkout was staged in 2011 by 18 members of Al-Wefaq in protest against the violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

This comes a day after Bahrainis held demonstrations to condemn threats to deport Ayatollah Hossein Nejati. Bahrain recently revoked the senior cleric’s citizenship.

On September 15, Human Rights Watch said in a report that Bahraini security forces regularly “detain children” with no reason and subject them to “ill-treatment” that may amount to torture.

“Rounding up kids, throwing them in jail and beating and threatening them is no way for a country to treat its children,” Joe Stork, the HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director said.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011.

Protesters initially called for political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

On September 9, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) that she was frustrated with reports of human rights violations in Bahrain.

By Press TV


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