Bahrain sentences rights activist to six months in jail

January 20, 2015 5:08 PM

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Bahrain sentences rights activist to six months in jail

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain sentenced Nabeel Rajab, one of the highest-profile democracy campaigners in the Arab world, to six months in jail on Tuesday over remarks critical of the state, according to the Twitter accounts of his lawyer and the public prosecutor.

The founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Rajab took a leading role in Shi'ite-led demonstrations in Bahrain in 2011 that demanded reforms in the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab Kingdom, inspired by other pro-democracy uprisings in the Arab world.

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