Iran lashes out at Bahraini court’s verdict against Sheikh Ali Salman

TEHRAN, Nov. 04 (MNA) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi issued a statement Sun. condemning the life sentence verdict issued by a Bahraini appeal court against prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman.

“This verdict will leave no room for any doubt in the public opinion and the international community that the Bahraini government does not intend to improve the situation, but it seeks to intensify its crackdown and worsen the conditions,” Bahram Ghasemi said on Sunday, hours after a Bahraini appeal court overturned the acquittal of the 52-year-old secretary general of the dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and two of his aides and leveled new accusations against them.

The court accused them of collaborating with Qatar and giving out information to foreigners in order to topple the regime in Manama.

Ghasemi added that the Bahraini authorities, instead of relying on other governments and looking for security outside Bahrain, need to solve their self-made crisis through holding real and serious talks with the opposition groups and answering the legitimate demands of Bahraini people.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman further urged Al-Khalifa regime to end its inhumane behavior and restrictions on people of Bahrain.

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