Authorities Release Prominent Cleric after Spending 6 Months in Prison over Diraz Protest

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The Bahraini authorities released on Friday (February 3, 2017) Sheikh Mohammad Al-Shahabi after spending 6 months in prison over taking part in Diraz protest held against the decision that revoked the citizenship of the highest religious leader, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Al-Shahabi was arrested among others over the charge of taking part in Diraz protest on June 20, 2016 and he is the first one who was released. The Appeals court had surprisingly commuted Al-Shahabi’s sentence from 2 years to 6 months in prison.

The authorities arrested a number of prominent Shiite clerics over taking part in Diraz protest. The regime’s courts imprisoned them over charges of assembling and inciting hatred.