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Bahraini authorities question opposition leader

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahraini authorities on Saturday questioned the head of the main Shi'ite opposition group over comments he made a day earlier in a religious sermon, the interior ministry and the group said. The ministry said in a Twitter message Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary-general of the al-Wefaq Islamic Association, "incited hatred" of the government and "promoted rioting and vandalism". The content of Salman's remarks was not immediately available.

Bahrain's Shiite opposition says its chief arrested

Bahrain police have arrested Ali Salman, head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, the group said on Saturday. "Al-Wefaq can confirm that Sheikh Ali Salman has been arrested," it said in a brief statement. "He is in detention after a series of illegal measures which comprised summonsing him to the office of criminal investigation and bringing him before a public prosecutor," the statement added, without elaborating.

Bahrain's Shiite opposition says its chief arrested

Bahrain police have arrested Ali Salman, head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, the group said on Saturday. "Al-Wefaq can confirm that sheikh Ali Salman has been arrested," it said in a brief statement. "He is in detention after a series of illegal measures which comprised summonsing him to the office of criminal investigation and bringing him before a public prosecutor," the statement added, without elaborating. bur/mh/bpz/srm

Bahrain's Shiite opposition says its chief arrested

Bahrain police have arrested Ali Salman, head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, the group said on Saturday. "Al-Wefaq can confirm that Sheikh Ali Salman has been arrested," it said in a brief statement. "He is in detention after a series of illegal measures which comprised summonsing him to the office of criminal investigation and bringing him before a public prosecutor," the statement added, without elaborating.

Bahrain's Shiite opposition says its chief arrested

Bahrain police have arrested Ali Salman, head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, the group said on Saturday. "Al-Wefaq can confirm that Sheikh Ali Salman has been arrested," it said in a brief statement. "He is in detention after a series of illegal measures which comprised summonsing him to the office of criminal investigation and bringing him before a public prosecutor," the statement added, without elaborating.

Amnesty accuses Bahrain of torturing detained children

Amnesty International accused Bahrain on Monday of torturing children who have been arrested on suspicion of participating in Shiite anti-government protests. "Children are being routinely detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain," the rights watchdog said. It claimed that scores of children, including some as young as 13, "were blindfolded, beaten and tortured in detention over the past two years."

Bahrain jails 12 Shiites over attack on police

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 12 Shiites, including three minors, to prison terms of up to five years for attacking a police patrol with Molotov cocktails, a judicial source said. The nine adults were sentenced to five years in jail each while the three minors were handed down three-year sentences for the April 2012 attack in a Shiite suburb of Manama. The jail terms are the latest to be handed down to Shiites accused of violence in the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy.

Pro-democracy protests in Bahrain ahead of international forum

Demonstrators calling for democratic reform clashed with police Friday in Shiite villages near Manama ahead of an international forum on Middle East security, witnesses said. A Shiite-led uprising to demand changes in the Sunni-ruled kingdom was crushed in March 2011 but almost weekly protests against the authorities have been since staged in Shiite villages around Manama. On Friday, dozens of protesters, mostly youths, clashed with police in the villages of Sanabis, Deraz, Sitra and Diya, hurling stones and petrol bombs at the security forces, witnesses said.

Jailed Bahraini Shiite activist denied early release

A Bahraini court refused Monday to free prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab saying he was not eligible for early release from jail where he is serving a two-year sentence, a judicial source said. Rajab was arrested in the wake of the Sunni monarchy's crackdown on a month of Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding political reforms and jailed for taking part in "unauthorised" protests. His sentence was later reduced on appeal to two years from an initial three and according lawyers and right groups he had been eligible for early release late last month.

Bahrain Shiites stage march against 'repression'

Thousands of Shiites in Bahrain took to the streets south of the capital Manama on Friday to protest against what they called repression of the opposition, witnesses said. They marched in the Shiite area of Bilad al-Qadim, waving the flag of the Gulf state and chanting slogans calling for jailed members of the opposition to be released. The opposition led by the Shiite Al-Wefaq movement in a statement charged that the government had not implemented the recommendations of a commission of inquiry into violence in the spring of 2011.
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