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Bahraini opposition leader’s arrest extended another 15 days

January 5, 2015

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The detention of Bahraini Shiite opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been extended another 15 days.

As is common in Bahrain, prosecutors did not mention Salman by name, but referred to his case on their official Twitter account Monday.

Salman, who is secretary general of the main opposition group al-Wefaq, has been under arrest since Dec. 28. He is being held at a police station outside the capital Manama.

His lawyer says Salman was formally charged on Sunday with inciting a change of government by force, inciting hatred of a segment of society, inciting others to break the law and insulting the Interior Ministry in speeches made between 2012 and now.

The country’s Shiite majority has led protests demanding political reform from the Sunni-led monarchy since February 2011.

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