Manama – Bahraini Court of Cassation overturned a nine-year jail term against opposition chief cleric Ali Salman, convicted of inciting hatred and calling for forceful regime change.
The court also overturned three death sentences and seven life imprisonment sentences against a group convicted of killing three police, including an Emirati officer, in a bomb attack more than two years ago.
On May 30, the appeals court reversed an earlier acquittal on four charges against Salman and sentenced him to nine years in jail. Earlier in June 2015, Salman was sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of inciting hatred against the regime and calling for its change by force.
He was charged with “publicly insulting the Interior Ministry” and “publicly inciting others to disobey the law” through his speeches.
Salman’s case dates back to December 28, 2014 where he was detained and interrogated for the charges against him.
In the other ruling, the court of cassation ordered a retrial of the case of 10 defendants found guilty of planting a bomb in March 2014 in Deih Shiite village, which killed an Emirati police officer and two Bahraini policemen. The Emirati officer was part of the Saudi-led Gulf force.