Trial of two former lawmakers postponed to next week

June 12, 2011
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A Bahraini court on Sunday postponed to next week the trial of two former lawmakers to allow their lawyers to present their pleadings.

The National Safety Court of First Instance said that Jawad Fairouz, who represented Al Wefaq in the 2006-2010 parliament and in the first four months of the new term before resigning, was guilty of public incitement for the change of the regime, disseminating malicious rumours and taking part in illegal gatherings.

However, Jawad pleaded non-guilty to all charges and his case will be reviewed next Sunday.

In the case of Mattar Ebrahim Mattar, a former MP who was elected last October on an Al Wefaq ticket, the court said that he was guilty of public incitement for the change of the regime, disseminating malicious rumours and taking part in illegal gatherings.

Mattar denied the charges and he will appear before the court on June 21.

Both ex-MPs lost their immunity after they resigned from the lower chamber in February, alongside the other 16 lawmakers representing Al Wefaq, to protest against the way the authorities dealt with demonstrations in the early days of the political turmoil that hit Bahrain on February 14 following the death of a protester.

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  • University of Bahrain
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