Bahrain: Tens of Thousands Protest in Support of Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab
Bahrain: Tens of thousands protest in support of rights activist Nabeel Rajab Posted : Fri 11 May 2012 - 05:10pm
Last Updated : Fri 11 May 2012 - 05:38pm
Thousands of protesters took part in a protest in the village of Karzakan in support of prominent activist Nabeel Rajab who was arrested a week ago.
Protesters were seen holding pictures of Rajab who has become one of the symbols of the Bahraini uprising.
Rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested on last Saturday at Manama airport after returning from a human rights conference in Beirut, Lebanon. He appeared in front of a court the next day where he faced charges of “inciting illegal rallies and marches online by using social networking websites.”
The Bahraini Ministry of Interior issued a statement stating that Rajab was detained on the order of the Attorney-General. On the other hand, Rajab's lawyers mentioned that the charges against him include "engagement in illegitimate practices" and "incitement to gatherings and unlicensed marches". They also affirmed that he has been questioned about some of his tweets and has been accused of "insulting a statutory body; being the Ministry of Interior".