Bahrain Sunni opposition leader gets one-year jail term

Ibrahim Sharif, chief of the Waed secular group, whose secular Waed movement took part in 2011 protests alongside parties representing the Gulf state's Shiite majority, had strongly denied the latter chargeA Bahrain court jailed a Sunni opposition leader for one year for incitement against the regime on Wednesday but dropped a more serious charge of promoting political change by force, a judicial official said. Ibrahim Sharif, whose secular Waed movement took part in 2011 protests alongside parties representing the Gulf state’s Shiite majority, had strongly denied the latter charge. Sharif already served four years of a five-year sentence handed down over the 2011 protests for an elected prime minister in the Sunni-ruled kingdom before being released under a royal amnesty last June.

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