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Bahrain jails opposition chief for life in Qatar spy case

AFP , Sunday 4 Nov 2018
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Bahrain sentenced the head of the country's Shia opposition movement to life in prison Sunday for spying for rival Gulf state Qatar.

Sheikh Ali Salman, who headed the now-banned Al-Wefaq movement, and two of his aides had been acquitted by the high criminal court in June, a verdict the public prosecution appealed.

The public prosecutor said in a statement that the three had been unanimously sentenced by the appeals court for "acts of hostility" against Bahrain and "communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order".

Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, severed all ties with Qatar in 2017, banning their citizens from travel to or communication with the emirate over its alleged ties to both Iran and radical Islamist groups.

Sunday's verdict against the Shia cleric can still be appealed.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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