Bahrain charges Shiite ex-MP with "inciting terrorism"
Bahrain's general prosecutor charged ex-MP Khalil Marzooq with "inciting terrorist crimes" Saturday as part of a nationwide crackdown on Shiite opposition figures (Courtesy of CNN)
Bahrain's general prosecutor Abdulrahman al-Sayyed charged Shiite opposition ex-MP Khalil Marzooq of "inciting terrorist crimes" Saturday, according to AFP.
Marzooq, a prominent leader of the opposition Al-Wefaq legal association, was arrested on September 17th for using his position in the group to "call for crimes that are considered terror acts under the law." The ex-MP's public support for the February 14 Coalition, for example, was cited as evidence of supporting terrorism according to the prosecutor.
50 other Shiites were sentenced to serve up to 15 years in jail last Sunday for forming the February 14 Coalition, the movement "blamed for most of the confrontations between security authorities and the Shiite majority" according to the AFP report.
Marzooq was one of the 18 MPs from Al-Wefaq who walked out of the parliament in February 2011 to protest security forces' crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators.