Bahrain court denies rights activist bail

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (C), pictured leaving court with his daughter Malak (L) in February 2015 in the capital ManamaA Bahraini court denied bail for prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab as he went on trial on charges of insulting a state institution and neighbouring Saudi Arabia online, his group said Wednesday. The 51-year-old activist, who had been pardoned for health reasons last year, was rearrested last month as part of an intensifying crackdown on government critics that has drawn protests from the United Nations and key ally the United States. Rajab appeared in court on Tuesday and was charged with “insulting a statutory body, insulting a neighbouring country and disseminating false rumours in time of war,” the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said.

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