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Bahrain court jails former opposition lawmaker over tweet

January 13, 2015

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini defense lawyer says a court has sentenced a former lawmaker from the island kingdom’s main Shiite opposition group to six months in jail over a social media posting.

Defense lawyer Abdulla al-Shamlawi said Jamil Kadhim was convicted Tuesday of spreading false information over a tweet alleging that authorities were offering money to encourage candidates to enter parliamentary elections in November. He says Kadhim was also fined 500 dinars, or about $1,325.

Kadhim is a prominent member of the al-Wefaq opposition group, which boycotted last year’s elections.

Bahrain has faced nearly four years of unrest following widespread protests in 2011 dominated by the country’s majority Shiites that called for greater political rights from the Sunni-led government.

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