“On 20 July 2016, we published an article, ‘Bahraini Prince Defects to Join ISIS Urging His Father To Do The Same’, which falsely alleged that Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain had defected and fled to ISIS-held territories.”

“We now accept that this was a totally false story published as part of a politically-motivated campaign against Sheikh Nasser. It is quite clear that the photographs illustrating the story purporting to show Sheikh Nasser in ISIS uniform were doctored.”

“We are happy to confirm that there is no truth whatsoever in the allegations and that Sheikh Nasser remains in Bahrain. We have removed the article from our website and apologize unreservedly to Sheikh Nasser for any distress caused.”