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Ali Salman trial adjourned until March 22

Bahrain News
Thu, 08 Mar 2018
By Noor Zahra

Prosecutors gave closing arguments today in the trial of Ali Salman, who is accused of conspiring with Qatar.

Mr Salman, former secretary general of the now-dissolved Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, is on trial, along with two former MPs, at the High Criminal Court for allegedly sharing state secrets with Qatar, including information about GCC forces in Bahrain.

The case is connected to phone conversations between senior members of Al Wefaq, which was dissolved in 2016 for inciting terrorism and promoting a coup, and Qatari officials dating back to 2011.

Police investigations showed that Mr Salman ordered his co-defendants, former Al Wefaq MPs Hassan Ali Sultan and Ali Al Aswad, to conspire with Qatari and Hizbollah officials.

The trial was adjourned until March 22 for the defence team to give its final arguments.

Mr Salman is already serving a four-year jail sentence at Jaw Prison, after being convicted in 2014 of inciting others to break the law and spreading sectarianism.

Read the full report in tomorrow's GDN.

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