Three Shia Muslim Bahraini religious scholars sentenced to death, 8 others to life imprisonment
Aal-e Khalifa regime officials have handed down death sentences to three Shia Muslim religious scholars and condemned eight others to life imprisonment as the ruling minority regime continues with its repressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown on members of the religious community.
According to Press TV, Bahrain’s dissolved main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, announced in a statement that Shia Muslim religious figures are being systematically subjected to arbitrary arrests, torture, trials, revocation of citizenship as well as forced deportation.
The statement added that al-Wefaq has recorded more than 347 cases of arrests, summons and various security prosecutions of Shia Muslim religious scholars in Bahrain.
It added that Bahraini security authorities have summoned more than 156 Shia Muslim religious scholars over their speeches, ideological tendencies or political views. They have also arrested 99 religious scholars arbitrarily.
Al-Wefaq further noted that “harsh and unfair verdicts” have targeted more than 50 clerics, ranging from hefty fines and abolition nationality to life imprisonment and death penalty.
The statement went on to say that three Shia Muslim religious scholars have been sentenced to death, eight to life imprisonment and a number of others been stripped of their citizenship. Among those whose nationality has been revoked are prominent Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim and Sheikh Hussein Najati.
Al-Wefaq then dismissed the Aal-e Khalifah regime’s policy of persecution and discrimination, stressing that authorities have no meaningful reform initiatives at the level of human rights, especially concerning freedom of religion and belief.