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Bahrain teachers' union chief and deputy jailed

Bahrain National Safety Court sentences duo for encouraging anti-gov't protests

Bahrain teachers' union chief and deputy jailed
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Bahrain’s National Safety Court
sentenced the chairman of the teachers’ union and his deputy, both
Shiite Muslims, to prison for encouraging anti-government protests, the
state-run Bahrain News Agency said.

Mehdi Abu
Deib and Jalila al-Salman were convicted of using their position at the
union to instigate anti-regime acts such as sit-ins and demonstrations,
urging the “forceful ouster” of the regime and broadcasting false
statements, BNA said. Mehdi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and
al-Salman to three.

Seven other
people were sentenced to 15-year jail terms for cutting the tongue of an
Asian muezzin who calls for prayer, the agency said.

Another four were
jailed for between one and three years for hiding two wanted people, and
one got three years for failing to report the running over of two
policemen.

Bahraini
authorities detained hundreds of people, most of them Shiites, following
a crackdown on protesters who held rallies in February and March to
demand representative government.

At least 35 people were killed during
the clashes. The country’s population is majority-Shiite while its
hereditary rulers are Sunni.

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