Bahrain’s high court upholds five-year sentence against activist

Nabeel Rajab was a leading figure in the 2011 uprising. (File/AFP)
Updated 31 December 2018
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Bahrain’s high court upholds five-year sentence against activist

  • Rajab, a leading figure in the 2011 pro-democracy protests, was sentenced to five years in prison in February
  • He was already serving a two-year term over a news interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners

DUBAI: Bahrain’s high court upheld a five-year jail sentence against activist Nabeel Rajab on Monday for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in Yemen and accusing Bahrain’s prison authorities of torture, his lawyer said.
Rajab, a leading figure in the 2011 pro-democracy protests, was sentenced to five years in prison in February for criticizing the Saudi air strikes and writing tweets accusing authorities of torture.
He was already serving a two-year term over a news interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners.
“The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal and upheld the sentence of five years in prison against Nabeel Rajab for his tweets,” his lawyer, Mohamed Al Jishi, told Reuters by phone.
The convictions were for “spreading false news and rumors in time of war,” “insulting foreign countries” and “insulting publicly the interior ministry” in comments posted on Twitter, a court document see by Reuters showed.
 


Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Updated 2 min 53 sec ago
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Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

  • The new system being developed by Israelis aims to create a defense against short- and mid-range rockets
  • The anti-ballistic missile was developed by the Israel Aerospace Industries and the US planemaker Boeing
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.
The Defense Ministry says Tuesday's successful test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is "a major milestone" in Israel's ability to defend itself "against current and future threats in the region." It comes a couple days after Israel thwarted an Iranian missile attack.
Arrow-3 is part of the multi-layered system Israel is developing to defend against both short- and mid-range rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran's long-range missiles. It includes Iron Dome, David's Sling, and the Arrow-2 systems.
It was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. aviation giant Boeing and became operational in January 2017.
Israel has already deployed Arrow to counter Syrian missiles.