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Bahrain’s Nabeel Rajab jailed for three years

Activist handed down sentence for taking part in protests in unrest rattled Gulf state

Bahrain’s Nabeel Rajab jailed for three years

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison by a court in the Gulf state today, according to his Twitter page, after being found guilty of taking part in protests in the unrest-rocked country.

Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was already serving a three-month sentenced for posting messages critical of the Bahraini government via the social networking site.

Earlier this week, 19 members of the US Congress wrote to the ruler of Bahrain calling for Rajab’s release.

Other rights groups, such as the US-based Human Rights First and Amnesty International have also called for Rajab’s release.

Amnesty International claimed Bahrain had done little to improve its human rights record following its bloody crackdown on Arab Spring protesters last year.

“Nabeel Rajab’s imprisonment is the latest example of how, despite government promises to introduce reforms following its violent crackdown on protesters in 2011, few improvements have been seen on the ground,” the group said in a statement at the time.

“He should be released immediately and all other charges or convictions against him dropped or overturned,” it added.