Senior Iraqi Shia Cleric “Moqtada Sadr” Asks Bahrain to Pardon Shia Protesters


Senior Iraqi Shia Cleric “Moqtada Sadr” Asks Bahrain to Pardon Shia Protesters

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday called on Bahrain to pardon two Shia protesters illegally sentenced to death.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday called on Bahrain to pardon two Shia protesters illegally sentenced to death.

“I ask the government of Bahrain to grant an amnesty for the two young people sentenced to death for participating in peaceful demonstrations,” he said in a statement from his movement’s headquarters in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.

On May 22, a special Bahrain court upheld death sentences for the two, Ali Abdullah Hasan al-Singace and Abdul Aziz Abdullah Ibrahim Hussein, despite international calls for them to be spared.

The pair, and five others who received life sentences claimed of running over two policemen during pro-reform protests earlier this year.

“These things put distance between the government and the people,” Sadr said in the statement. “The government must get closer to the people, and work for their interests.”

Shia and Sunni began demonstrations in Bahrain on February 14 but were crushed by security forces the following month.

Authorities said 36 people were killed in the unrest.

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