Bahrain summons Iraqi diplomat over criticism from ex-PM Maliki

Nuri al-Maliki attends a parliament session to aprrove the new government in Baghdad on September 8, 2014. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 December 2018

Bahrain summons Iraqi diplomat over criticism from ex-PM Maliki

  • Maliki attended a meeting organized by the February 14 movement, designated a terrorist group by Manama
  • Bahrain described Maliki’s statements as “blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain”

DUBAI: Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry summoned the deputy charge d’affaires of the embassy of Iraq on Monday to denounce footage of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki criticizing Manama’s crackdown on the Shiite opposition.

Maliki who now heads an Iraqi coalition called “the State of Law,” attended a meeting last week organized by the February 14 movement, a Bahraini activist group which Manama designated a terrorist group in 2014.

“Discrimination, marginalization ... have reached a severe limit on the people of Bahrain,” Al-Maliki said according to videos from the event published by Iraqi media.

He was quoted as urging dialogue with those “demanding freedom and justice” to protect Bahrain and Bahrain’s people, Sunnis and Shiites.

Bahrain described Maliki’s statements as “blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain,” state news agency (BNA) reported.

“(A Bahraini official) described Maliki’s attitude as a clear solidarity with those who seek to spread chaos, violence and terrorism and exhibit hatred,” BNA said.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment but it was expected to issue a statement.


Egypt court hands out 6 death sentences on terror charges

Updated 19 August 2019

Egypt court hands out 6 death sentences on terror charges

  • Giza criminal court on Monday also sentenced 41 defendants, including 28 in absentia, to life in prison
  • The charges stem from two different attacks in 2013 and 2015 in the town of Kerdasa

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced six people to death on terror charges for carrying out attacks that killed at least three people, including a policeman, on the outskirts of the capital.
Giza criminal court on Monday also sentenced 41 defendants, including 28 in absentia, to life in prison on similar charges, including possession of weapons and explosives. Another seven defendants received 15 years, and one got three years. The court acquitted 14 others.
The verdict can be appealed.
The charges stem from two different attacks in 2013 and 2015 in the town of Kerdasa, located near the famed Giza Pyramids.
Kerdasa had been a hotbed of Islamist support for ex-President Muhammad Mursi, who was ousted by the military in June 2013 after massive protests against his rule.