The Bahraini regime has handed down a ten-year sentence to a member of a leading opposition group who has been kept in solitary confinement for more than a year.
Sheikh Hassan Issa, a senior member of Bahrain’s leading opposition group Al-Wefaq and a former member of the parliament, has been given a 10-year sentence by the Manama regime, Bahraini sources reported.
Issa, who was elected to the parliament in the 2010 elections, was arrested in August 2015 on charges of financing terrorism.
Manama’s administrative court dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in July 2016, nearly a month after its activities were suspended.
Al-Wefaq’s secretary general, Sheikh Ali Salman, has also been in jail since December 2014 after he was charged with attempting to overthrow the Bahraini regime and collaborating with foreign powers. While he has denied the charges, a court sentenced him to four years in prison in June 2015.
The spiritual leader of the group, Sheikh Issa Qassim, has also been stripped of his citizenship by the Bahraini authorities over similar accusations.
Since 2011, thousands of protesters have held demonstrations on numerous occasions, calling on the Al-Khalifa regime to relinquish power. The Al-Khalifa, however, has severely suppressed the demonstrators.