Bahrain Rights Activist Gets 6 Months in Jail Over Tweets

January 20, 2015 3:33 PM

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Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain's best-known human rights activists, was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday after being found guilty of insulting government ministries on Twitter.

Rajab can remain free on bail for now as he appeals his case, said his lawyer, Jalila al-Sayed. But he is unable to leave the tiny island kingdom, which has been roiled by nearly four years of unrest led by its majority Shiites calling for greater political rights from the Sunni leadership.

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