Amid widespread crackdown on Shiites, the Bahraini regime is to disband one of their clerical bodies, the Islamic Scholars Council.
Bahrain Justice Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa filed a lawsuit against the Shiite body calling for the dissolution of the council and the confiscation of its assets, press tv reported. It has been claimed in the lawsuit that the Islamic Scholars Council has been engaged in political activities that " threaten the security of the Arab kingdom ". The Bahraini opposition bloc al - Wefaq National Islamic Society said that the lawsuit reflects the extent of the regime’s sectarian war against the Shiite population in the country. Al Wefaq added that destroying mosques and attacking Shiite ceremonies, such as Ashura, are other examples of sectarian policies adopted by the Bahraini regime, which were first implemented nearly three years ago. Since mid - February 2011, thousands of pro - democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in different cities of the country, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power. On March 14,2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters. According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested. Physicians for Human Rights say doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they had " evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police " in the crackdown on anti - government protesters.