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Bahrain Court of Cassation Upholds Dissolution of Wefaq Party

Bahrain Court of Cassation Upholds Dissolution of Wefaq Party

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 10:15

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld Monday a preliminary ruling issued on July 17, 2016, to dissolve al-Wefaq Society after condemning it of providing an incubator environment of terrorism, extremism and violence and calling for foreign interventions in Bahrain's internal affairs.

The Court accepted the appeal against the preliminary ruling and the judgment of the Court of Appeal in its form and rejected its content, making the decision to dissolve the Wefaq party, liquidate it and return its property to the State after the ruling of the Court of Cassation on Monday irrevocable.

The Bahraini government has issued a list of charges against the opposition party, most notably dependency on foreign parties, spreading terrorism and extremism in Bahrain’s society and jeopardizing civil peace.

The charges included "Wefaq’s ongoing challenge of the legitimacy of Bahrain’s Constitution through its website, its statements regarding Bahrainis’ rejection for the 2002 constitution since it is not consensual and doesn’t have popular legitimacy and its continued support for violence through publishing pictures for terrorists holding sharp tools and describing them as oppressed peaceful demonstrators.”

According to the ruling issued by the Administrative Court on the dissolution of Wefaq party in July 2016, the party "deviated from its political activity to the point of inciting violence and encouraging marches and mass rallies, which could lead to sectarian strife in the country”.

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