Amnesty Urges Immediate Release of Bahraini Cleric

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Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of jailed Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman amid continued protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom, media report said.

The London-based rights group said in a Tuesday statement that the Al Khalifa regime should drop the charges against the secretary general of al-Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest opposition, and release him without delay, press tv reported.

It described the detention of Salman as “a flagrant violation of his right to freedom of expression.”

The cleric has been in jail since December 28 last year on several counts of charges.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous rallies in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power. Scores of people have been killed and thousands more wounded during the anti-regime demonstrations.

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