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Bahraini nation would prevent trial of Sheikh Qassim

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Tehran, ICANA – A parliamentarian said here on Tuesday that the Bahraini nation would not let the government to trial top Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose nationality was revoked last year.
Sunday, May 07, 2017 9:00:00 AM
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Head of Bahrain working Group in Iranian Parliament Majid Naserinejad made the remarks in an interview with ICANA.

Lambasting the Al Khalifa regime’s anti-human rights measures in Bahrain, Naserinejad underlined that Manama’s move for putting Sheikh Isa Qassim in trial would spark more anti-government rallies in this Arabic country.

He added the Bahraini people have some demands and Manama government should meet such requisitions peacefully.

The Lawmaker stressed that such measures like the trial of Sheikh Isa Qassim and imprisonment of Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the opposition al-Wefaq National Islamic Society would fan the flames of more tension leading the overthrow of Al Khalifa regime.

On March 14, a Bahraini court delayed the verdict in the case of Sheikh Qassim.

The court had earlier set March 14 as the date to issue its ruling on Sheikh Qassim's case, but it adjourned its decision until May 7.

Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was stripped of his nationality last June over accusations that he used his position to serve foreign interests and promote sectarianism and violence.

The clergyman, who is in his mid-70s, has denied the allegations, refused to be assigned a lawyer and declined to attend any of the trial sessions. Qassim faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

In addition to Sheikh Qassim, Bahraini authorities are also trying the cleric’s office head and staffer, Sheikh Hussein Mahrous and Mirza al-Dirazi, respectively.

The trio are accused of laundering money and raising funds without licenses in connection with the practice of Khums - a religious tax which followers of Islam pay to their highest religious authorities for use in charities and other donations.

Anti-regime protesters have taken to the streets on an almost daily basis ever since the popular uprising began in Bahrain in February 2011.

The demonstrators are demanding that the Al Khalifah family relinquish power and let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded or detained amid Manama’s crackdown on dissent and widespread discrimination against the country’s Shia majority.


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