DHAKA: Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been jailed for three years for taking part in ‘illegal gatherings’.
He is already serving a three-month sentence he received in July over comments on social networking websites.
Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, had previously been detained several times, reports the BBC.
He was one of the organisers of pro-democracy protests which have rocked the Gulf kingdom since last February.
Rajab’s lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said three year-long sentences had been handed down on three separate counts.
Jishi said he plans to appeal against the ruling.
Fellow activists immediately condemned the decision, with some members of the protest movement calling for demonstrations on Thursday evening.
Rajab’s sentence in July came after prosecutors received complaints that he had libelled residents of the town of Muharraq on Twitter.
BDST: 1641 HRS, AUG 16, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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