Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab Released to House Arrest in Bahrain

Country: Bahrain
June 17, 2020

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights lawyer and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was conditionally released from a Bahraini prison on June 9, 2020. Rajab was arrested in 2016 for televised interviews with the international press during which he discussed Bahrain’s human rights abuses. After already serving for two years, Bahrain’s Criminal Court sentenced Rajab to five-years in prison for his tweets criticizing Bahrain’s prison conditions and condemning Saudi Arabia’s role in the war in Yemen. Rajab will now complete the rest of his prison sentence under house arrest, which is allowed under a 2017 law which states that detainees can complete “alternative” sentences after they have served half of their sentence in prison.

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