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Bahrain: Courts clamp down further on opposition figures

Al-Wefaq political society secretary-general Sheikh Ali Salman was given a life sentence by the Court of Appeal in Bahrain on 4 November for colluding with Qatar. He had previously been acquitted of the charges on 21 June alongside his co-defendants Ali Al-Aswad and Sheikh Hassan Ali Sultan, but that decision was overturned following an appeal by the government. The United States, United Kingdom and European Union were among those to express concern at the sentence, which is open to further appeal to the Court of Cassation.

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