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Bahrain: Wefaq Leaders Colluded with Qatar to Carry Out Hostile Acts

Bahrain: Wefaq Leaders Colluded with Qatar to Carry Out Hostile Acts

Thursday, 2 November, 2017 - 11:15
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Bahrain announced on Wednesday that Wefaq Association, which has been dissolved, agreed and coordinated with Qatari officials to carry out hostile acts in Bahrain to damage its military, political, economic and national interests, as well as to undermine its status..

The Public Prosecution has carried out investigations confirming that Wefaq's Sec-Gen Ali Salman, Hassan Sultan, along other Qatari officials, had agreed to carry out hostile acts in Bahrain. It added that those meetings began in 2010 in Bahrain and abroad and some were coordinated by Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Investigations corroborated that Qatar had engaged in activities targeting many Arab countries, particularly Bahrain, by calling for resisting and confronting the authorities through force, violence and terrorist crimes.

In August, Bahrain revealed that a conversation between Hamad bin Jassem bin Jaber Al Thani and Ali Salman occurred following the events in the country between February 14 and March 16, 2011.

Earlier, investigations led to the discovery of money transfers made to Wefaq member Hasan Issa. Bahraini security services confirmed that this funding was used in the operation in Sitra on July 2015 that killed two security men and injured eight others.

Advocate-General Chancellor Ahmed al-Hammadi said the probe corroborated the events and proved that Qatar had engaged in activities targeting many Arab countries, particularly Bahrain.

He explained that since 2010, Doha had mobilized its media to attack the ruling regime in Bahrain and contacted some elements, including Ali Salman and others, for this purpose. 

The Advocate-General asserted that the two sides had held direct meetings in Bahrain and abroad, and Hezbollah members working for the interests of Qatar, exchanged messages and held phone conversations that had been monitored in line with legal procedures.

Those meetings revealed that both parties shared a willingness to carry out hostile acts in Bahrain and exchange information about the movement of the military forces that were assigned to maintaining security and stability during the 2011 events in Bahrain, and discussed hostile acts that could be conducted to face military actions.

The suspects appeared in the Qatari media and spread information and news aimed at damaging Bahrain’s military, political and economic status and undermining its status.

The suspects carried out hostile acts by calling for resisting and fighting the authorities using force and violence and through terrorist crimes, Hammadi added.

He stated that the defendants received financial support from Qatar.

Reports also showed that Ali Salman asked one of the suspects to carry out acts that would damage the country and appointed another as a communication officer with Qatar, he stated, adding that they held several meetings, issued statements and made interviews with Qatari media.

The Advocate-General noted that the suspects also released to Qatari officials classified information that serves Doha.

Salman was interrogated in the presence of his lawyer, and was presented with evidence against him.

He is already serving a four-year prison sentence for inciting hatred and insulting the interior ministry after his arrest in 2015.

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