Lawyer: Bahrain overturns activist's Twitter case

AP and AFP, Thursday 23 Aug 2012

The conviction of Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab over 'tweets' is overturned as he continues to serve a sentence received earlier


A defense lawyer says a Bahrain court has overturned a conviction against a prominent human rights activist for posting alleged anti-government comments on social media.

But activist Nabeel Rajab remains jailed while he appeals a three-year sentence for his role in protest rallies. The sentencing last week brought criticism from Washington and sparked clashes in the Gulf kingdom, home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Before the sentence was passed, Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, had been in custody since June 6 on charges of insulting members of the Sunni community via micro-blogging site Twitter.

Bahrain has faced more than 18 months of unrest between the Sunni-led monarchy and majority Shiites, which claim they face systematic discrimination.

Attorney Mohammed al-Jishi says the court Thursday threw out the conviction for the Twitter posts. Rajab has already served more than half of his three-month sentence.

The decision came after Rajab was removed from the court after claiming he endured abuses behind bars.

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