Bahrain appeal ramps up opposition head jail term to 9 years

AFP , Monday 30 May 2016

A Bahraini appeals court on Monday ramped up Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman's jail sentence on charges of inciting violence to nine years from the original four, a judicial source said.

Salman was convicted in July 2015, drawing condemnation from human rights groups as well as both the United States and Iran.

His Al-Wefaq bloc condemned Monday's verdict as "unacceptable and provocative", and said it "entrenches the exacerbating political crisis" in Bahrain.

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