King Hamad pardons key rights activist

The King issued a royal decree on Monday granting a special pardon to Nabeel Rajab for health reasons.

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Published: Wed 15 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 9 Aug 2015, 12:55 PM

Manama - His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has pardoned human rights activist Nabeel Rajab who is serving a jail sentence.
The King issued a royal decree on Monday granting a special pardon to him for health reasons. Nabeel Rajab was arrested in April and sentenced to six months in jail for insulting statutory authorities; interior and defence ministries through his Twitter account.
In August 2012, Rajab was sentenced to three years jail term over charges, including violence incitement and participating in illegal rallies and gatherings. He was released last year and resumed his activities through his Twitter account.
His release orders came a day after the arrest of politician and former secretary-general of the National Democratic Action Society (Waad), Ebrahim Sharif.
Bahrain Advocate General Wael Bu-Allay said on Monday that the public prosecution has investigated a complaint against Sharif who was previously convicted on charges of attempting to topple the political regime and who has been recently benefited from a royal pardon.
The complaint, put forward by the general directorate of criminal investigation, was related to inciting the use of violence against the regime and the authorities and confronting them until death, calling for the change of the constitutional regime by force and encouraging people to offer the highest levels of sacrifice to achieve these goals, Bu-Allay said.

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