WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates that the sentence handed down to Ali Salman on 30 May 2016 follows convictions of inciting violence and hatred.
Ali Salman was found guilty of using hate speech and inciting violence against Bahraini police during public speeches. The charges were wholly unrelated to any political views Ali Salman may hold. The right to freedom of expression is explicitly protected in Bahrain's constitution and guaranteed by Bahraini law.
Ali Salman's subsequent sentencing followed a full, independent and transparent trial, attended by numerous observers, including representatives from foreign embassies and NGOs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all parties to respect the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirms that Ali Salman has the right to appeal the sentence to the Court of Cassation as guaranteed by the Penal Code in the Kingdom.
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SOURCE The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the US