Bahrain court keeps top activist behind bars

A man walks past a drawing depicting jailed prominent Shiite human rights activist Nabeel Rajab in the village of Bani Jamrah, Bahrain, February 3, 2014A Bahrain court ordered prominent activist Nabeel Rajab kept behind bars on Wednesday as it adjourned his trial over remarks posted on Twitter deemed insulting to public institutions. Rajab appeared in the Manama court, where the judge set a new hearing for Sunday, activists said. Rajab, a member of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, which has been protesting against the Gulf kingdom’s Sunni rulers since 2011, was arrested on October 1 after posting comments on Twitter about the interior and defence ministries. In one of the tweets that were deemed offensive, Rajab charged that many of the Bahrainis fighting with jihadists in Syria were former security force personnel who had developed Sunni extremist views during their service.

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