PROSECUTORS claim that an opposition leader has admitted to making deals with foreign entities to interfere in Bahrain’s affairs.
They continued questioning Al Wefaq National Islamic Society secretary-general Shaikh Ali Salman yesterday over charges of promoting political change using forceful means and threats, inciting hatred against another sect, insulting the Interior Ministry and inciting others to break the law.
Shaikh Salman was remanded in custody for another 15 days pending investigations.
“The Public Prosecution has continued to question a political society’s secretary-general over charges of promoting political change using illegal forceful means and threats along with other charges,” said attorney-general Nayef Yousef Mahmoud in a statement.
“He was presented with the content of his speeches, and mentioned during questioning that he communicated with political entities and organisations abroad, discussing Bahrain’s internal affairs.
“He also said that he described to them the political situation in Bahrain before an agreement took place which would see them interfere in Bahrain.
“He added that some of them agreed to do so. He also said that he did not inform any official authorities in the kingdom about these meetings.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered for him to be further remanded for 15 days pending investigations.”
Meanwhile, sources disclosed to our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej that Shaikh Salman admitted to having made phone calls to Iraqi leaders who are close to Iran.
He also admitted to having made contacts with Iraqi leaders close to Muqtada Al Sadr and Bahrainis on the wanted list.
However, defence lawyer Abdulla Al Shamlawi claimed that his client had met the organisations as part of his political work. “My client admitted to meeting foreign ministers from Britain, the US and Germany because of his job,” he said.
The Public Prosecution started questioning Shaikh Salman last Tuesday in connection with speeches he made between 2012 and December last year.
Prosecutors earlier said that some of the evidence against Shaikh Salman included recordings of his speeches at Al Wefaq’s general assembly and on a television channel, in which he urged the opposition to deploy military methods currently used by the Syrian opposition.
The evidence also included public statements made by the defendant that called for the reinstatement and continued work of the disbanded Ulama Council, as well as incitement against naturalised Bahraini citizens by accusing them of committing terrorist acts.
The attorney-general earlier said that Shaikh Salman held meetings when abroad with groups that offered him access to arms and supported the call for violent unrest in Bahrain.