Bahrain: Terror cell tried to topple government

Published September 5th, 2010 - 08:58 GMT

Bahrain has accused 23 Shiite activists of forming a "terror network" aimed at toppling the Gulf kingdom's government, the official BNA news agency said. The agency said the suspects allegedly held secret meetings in Bahrain and abroad in order "to change the political regime through illegal means".

It identified 10 suspects, including eight opposition figures who have been detained since mid-August.

State media said those expected to be charged included leading figures from Al Wefaq society, the banned Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, and the London-based Bahrain Freedom Movement.

Abduljalil al-Singace, the chief suspect and leader of the Haq Movement for Liberty and Democracy, an opposition association, was charged with "running an illegitimate network," as well as "leading sabotage cells ... contacting foreign organisations and providing them with false and misleading information about the kingdom". Seven other people face similar charges and include Mohammed Saeed, a board member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Saeed is also charged with receiving "financial support from foreign parties to achieve his illegitimate goals."


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