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Bahraini police arrest senior opposition leader Nabeel Rajab

13 June 2016 9:57

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Police in Bahrain have apprehended senior opposition leader and human rights activist Nabeel Rajab following an intensive search of his house in the northwest of the country.

Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was taken into custody on Monday after a group of security forces surrounded his house in the village of Bani Jamrah west of the capital, Manama, according to his Twitter account.

The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights confirmed the arrest.

Rahjab has been arrested several times since the start of the anti-regime uprising in the tiny Persian Gulf island in 2011.

He was sentenced to six months in prison in January 2015 for posting tweets critical of the Al Khalifa regime. In May last year, a Bahraini court upheld Rajab’s jail sentence.

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