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Bahrain: Sharif rearrested

The secretary-general of opposition party Waad, Ibrahim Sharif, has been arrested again, less than a month after he was released from jail. Bahrain’s director-general of criminal investigation and forensic science said on 12 July that Sharif was detained for statements he made at a community centre in Muharraq on 10 July, that “called for violence” and “encouraged the overthrow of the government and incited hatred”. He had only been released from prison on 19 June, earlier than the March 2016 date originally foreseen when, in 2011, he was given a five-year sentence for his role in anti-government protests.

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