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U.N. Experts Urge Bahrain to Halt “Persecution of Shiites”

GENEVA, Aug 16 – Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and release those detained for free

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Bahrain Shiite Cleric Goes on Trial for Money Laundering

DUBAI, July 27 – The spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shi’ite Muslim majority went on trial on Wednesday on charges of collecting donations illegally and money laundering in a case that has increased tensions in the Western-allied Gulf Arab state. Ayatollah Isa Qassim, who also faces expulsion from the country after authorities revoked his citizenship last

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Bahrain Lengthens Shiite Leader’s Jail Term to 9 Years: Opposition

DUBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled the prison term imposed on the country’s most prominent opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, to nine years from four, a ruling that could increase political tensions in the Gulf kingdom. Bahrain’s public prosecutor said the stiffer sentence related to “crimes of

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