11:52 - January 07, 2019
News ID: 3467638
TEHRAN (IQNA) – The secretary general of Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement, a major Shia resistance group, met with Leader of Bahrain’s Shias Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassem.


In the meeting, held in the holy city of Najaf, Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi and the Bahraini senior cleric discussed the latest developments in the region, including in Bahrain.

Sheikh Kaabi also prayed for swift recovery of Sheikh Qassem.

Sheikh Qassem, who was recently discharged from a hospital in London, left the British capital for Iraq in late December.


ديدار دبیرکل نُجَباء با رهبر شیعیان بحرین + تصاویر

ديدار دبیرکل نُجَباء با رهبر شیعیان بحرین + تصاویر

ديدار دبیرکل نُجَباء با رهبر شیعیان بحرین + تصاویر


In July, the Bahraini regime after months of foreign and domestic pressures, finally allowed Sheikh Qassim to travel to the United Kingdom for medical care.

In May 2017, a Bahraini court convicted Sheikh Qassim of illegal collection of funds and money laundering and sentenced him to one year in jail suspended for three years. It also ordered him to pay $265,266 in fines in a ruling which sparked widespread demonstrations across the country. The cleric has strongly rejected the allegations.

Bahraini authorities stripped the cleric of his citizenship on June 20, 2016. They later dissolved the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by him as well as the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.

Sheikh Qassim, also the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has been an outspoken critic of the Manama regime’s policies.

His home village of Diraz has been under what human rights activists have called a continuous police blockade since the Interior Ministry leveled accusations against the prominent cleric and revoked his citizenship.

Sheikh Qassim is one of the hundreds of people stripped of Bahraini citizenship since 2012.

Tags: IQNA ، Bahrain ، Iraq ، Sheikh Qassem ، Nujaba
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