Oppn leader not arrested for political work: Bahrain

Bahrain has denied media reports that opposition leader Khalil Al Marzooq had been detained over political activities or speech-related charges.

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Published: Fri 20 Sep 2013, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:06 PM

Al Marzooq, who is the deputy general secretary of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, was arrested on Tuesday for 30 days pending investigations on the charge of inciting terror and connections with a terror group.

“For many years, Khalil Al Marzooq has carried out his political activities unhindered both in and out of parliament, in and out of Bahrain, freely expressing views critical of government policy — a right enshrined in Bahrain’s constitution and guaranteed by its laws,” the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said in a statement.

“Based on an arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecution, Khalil Al Marzooq was requested to appear at the Budaiya Police Station on Tuesday at 9.30am. The warrant relates to an investigation into his links to an extremist group calling itself the Coalition of 14 February Revolution Youths. This group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that detonated in the main financial district of the capital city Manama on the 14th of April 2013,” it added.

This group has repeatedly incited and glorified attacks against police and civilians on a daily basis. “Unfortunately, on Tuesday, a police officer lost his life after a month-long struggle with severe injuries he sustained in an IED blast in the village of Al Dair on August 17 in an attack glorified by the Coalition,” the IAA said.

The arrest of Al Marzooq prompted six opposition societies to suspend their participation in the national dialogue on Wednesday. Other participating groups — the government, remaining political societies and the legislative authority — announced in a joint statement that they will continue negotiations despite the boycott decision of the opposition. More details about the negotiation methods weren’t released.


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