Bahrain says it busted network seeking to undermine stability and security

September 5, 2010

Bahrain said that it had dismantled a terror network that targeted the country’s security and stability.

Naming 23 of its top and middle leaders, the National Security Agency (NSA) said that it had “succeeded in foiling the network’s terrorist plans to undermine national

security, damage the country’s stability, erode national unity, tear social fabric, prolong violence, attack innocent people and destroy public and private property.”

The agency said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA) and Bahrain Television that the network had at least 10 leaders in charge of planning and raising funds and at least 13 heads of cells overseeing acts of sabotage in various parts of the country.

Charges against the suspects included the establishment and operation of an illegal network with the aim to disrupt the provisions of the Constitution and laws through terrorist acts, the establishment of a network to overthrow the regime and the dissemination of false and malicious propaganda to destabilize the country.

Other charges mentioned by the NSA were incitement to acts of rioting and rallies in public places to commit crimes of arson and non-compliance with the law.

According to the NSA, members of unlicensed movements Haq, Al Wafa, Objection and the London-based Bahrain Freedom Movement were involved in the formation and running of the network.

Haq was formed in 2005 after it splintered from Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest political and religious society, over differences on the merit of participation in the parliamentary elections in 2006. Haq opposes the constitution promulgated in 2002 and refuses to join mainstream politics or elections.

According to the NSA, the network had developed cooperation ties with foreign entities in order to receive financial support and provide them with “misleading and malicious” reports.

Financial sources included religious levies and donations from religious figures and merchants in Bahrain and the Gulf, according to the charges.

The NSA said that the network and cells operated by “attracting and mobilizing young and underage people in order to commit acts of terror and sabotage, exploiting religious facilities to incite violence and disregard legitimacy and using media and Internet websites to disseminate lies and incite hatred.

The agency did not say how many people have been arrested since Abdul Jalil Singace, the spokesman for Haq Movement, was detained on August 13 upon his return from London.

Hours after the NSA statement was issued, the civil service bureau that oversees the employment of around 32,000 people in the government sector said that it was taking action against state employees who were implicated in the network.

Basing its decision on instructions and warnings issued in 2008, the bureau said that “it was unacceptable to allow an employee to turn into a tool for destruction.”



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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