Verdict on dissolving Bahrain opposition due next week

Bahraini protestors hold up placards depicting portraits of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement al-Wefaq, during clashes with riot police in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, on January 29, 2016A Bahraini court will hand down its verdict next week in the government’s bid to dissolve the main opposition group Al-Wefaq, accused of harbouring “terrorism,” a judicial source said Monday. The date of July 17 was set as the court convened in the absence of the defence team which walked out last month in protest at the government’s push to accelerate the process. The United States has called on Bahrain to reconsider the move to dissolve Al-Wefaq, which it has called “alarming”.

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