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Businessman cleared of insulting Industry and Commerce Minister

Bahrain News
Thu, 18 Jan 2018


A businessman has been acquitted of insulting and defaming the Industry and Commerce Minister.

Sameeh Ibrahim Rajab was sentenced to one month in prison and fined BD500 by a first instance court on charges of insulting the minister.

However, the Third High Criminal Court of Appeal suspended the jail term on appeal and declared him innocent of the charges against him.

The court said the businessman didn’t insult the minister but criticised his work, which is permissible under the law and Constitution as long as criticism doesn’t cause harm to the official in person, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

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