x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 September 2017

Bahrain activist jailed for three months for Twitter insults

A Bahraini court sentenced a Shiite activist to three months in prison after convicting him of posting insults on Twitter deemed insulting to Sunnis, one of his lawyers said.

A Bahraini court sentenced a Shiite activist to three months in prison after convicting him of posting insults on Twitter deemed insulting to Sunnis, one of his lawyers said.

Nabil Rajab had been released on June 27, three weeks after he was arrested for tweeting insults against the predominantly Sunni population of the province of Muharaq, according to prosecutors.

Mohammed Al Jishi, his lawyer, said the defence would appeal the verdict.

In a statement last month, prosecutors said they received complaints that Rajab "talked on social networks about the people of Muharaq in a way that questioned their patriotism and insulted them".

Last year, a significant part of the Sunni community rallied around the government as Shiites led protests.

Rajab is on trial in three other cases, all of which are linked to separate protests across Bahrain.

The activist had led anti-government protests following a government crackdown on Shiite-led demonstrations against the regime in March 2011.