Bahrain says it arrested opposition figure for inciting the use of violence and terrorist acts to undermine stability

August 15, 2010

Bahraini authorities have arrested Abdul Jalil Al Singace, the spokesman for Haq Movement for Liberties and Democracy, for inciting the use of violence and terrorist acts to undermine the country’s stability, a security source said.

Al Singace was arrested on Friday morning at Bahrain airport upon his return from London where he took part in a seminar. His family and supporters staged a protest in front of his home in Karbabad, a small village west of Manama the capital to ask for his release.

“Al Singace has refused to put an end to the incitement to use violence and terrorist acts to target private and public property through misusing the freedom of opinion and expression prevailing in the country,” the source said in a statement on Saturday evening. “His attitudes put people’s lives at risk and instigated terror that in some incidents led to the loss of innocent lives.”

The Haq spokesman disseminated false and tendentious news about Bahrain’s domestic situation and its judicial and executive authorities, the source said

According to the statement, Al Singace was planning to hold a “National Day of the Kingdom of Bahrain” this month to promote division among its people in a clear violation of Bahrain’s constitution and laws that determine the dates of official celebrations.

Bahrain celebrates its National Day on December 16.

“Security agencies have been monitoring all his violations and abuses and often overlooked them while sending him signals about the necessity to end all illegal acts. He was given several chances to listen to reason and give up targeting his country and people, but he did not seize them and insisted on not recognizing the country’s achievements, constitution and laws, an attitude that is against the country’s traditions and religion,” the source said.

Al Singace’s arrest was to protect the country’s security and citizens, the statement said.

“We will provide the public with all the details of the case and anyone involved will be held accountable in order to confront all instigators,” the source said.

Al Singace was arrested last year alongside 34 Bahrainis accused of plotting terrorist attacks with homemade explosives in open areas where people celebrated Bahrain’s National Day.

However, the accused were granted a royal pardon in April 2009.

Haq has never supported Bahrain’s new constitution promulgated in 2002. The movement was formed in 2005 by a group of former members of Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest political society and parliamentary bloc. The members splintered from Al Wefaq when it said that it recognized the political societies law and agreed to register officially with the justice and Islamic affairs ministry to take part in the 2006 elections, four years after boycotting them.

Haq has opposed the elections and has steadily vowed not to be part of the current political system.

Bahrain will hold its parliamentary and municipal elections on October 23 with the second round on October 30. Voters will elect 40 lawmakers and 40 municipal councilors.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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