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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Bahrain protester 'killed in raid on sit-in' near Shia cleric's home

A protester has been killed in a raid by Bahraini police on a sit-in near the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom's most prominent Shia cleric, activists say.
Witnesses said officers had opened fire as they moved into the village of Diraz, where Sheikh Isa Qassim lives.
The interior ministry said a number of "fugitives" had been arrested, but did not comment on the reported death.
The raid comes two days after Sheikh Qassim was given a one-year suspended jail sentence for alleged corruption.
The cleric - who holds the religious rank of ayatollah - was also fined 100,000 Bahraini dinars ($265,000; £204,000) after being found guilty by a court of collecting funds illegally and money laundering.
Last June, Bahrain stripped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, accusing him of using his position to promote violence.
The decision left him stateless and at risk of deportation, prompting supporters to stage a sit-in outside his home. Police responded by surrounding Diraz and restricting access in recent months.

Source By BBC.COM


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