Bahrain arrests suspects with terror links

Saudi Gazette Report | Thursday July 20, 2017


Manama — Bahrain has launched an investigation into an illegal organization formed with the aim of stalling the law, preventing the state from exercising its responsibilities, assaulting personal freedom and harming national unity, Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi was quoted as saying by Bahrain News Agency on Wednesday.

He said the organization was in contact with people working for a foreign-based organization engaged in terrorist activities for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism against Bahrain, targeting police, participating in illegal rallies, sabotaging private properties and disseminating fake news to undermine national security and public order.

The security agencies arrested one of the defendants who established the so-called Manama Human Rights Observatory as a front and a cover to support acts of terrorism in Bahrain.

He divided the members of the organization into groups to carry out activities allegedly related to human rights and to mobilize crowds for illegal rallies ostensibly to make human rights demands, but in reality to use them to carry out riots and acts of vandalism and terrorism against police personnel and target vehicles and the Ministry of Interior building in Manama.

The investigations also revealed that the founder of the terror organization received support for its activities from the Lebanese Hezbollah terror militia through a Bahraini national who worked for the terror group and resided in Lebanon.

It was also revealed that Hezbollah was funding and supporting many people belonging to alleged human rights organizations in order to send false reports on the human rights situation in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The aim was to discredit these countries, undermine their status in international public opinion and damage their national interests by convening international conferences that included members of international human rights organizations.

A female suspect used human rights work as a cover to communicate and cooperate with Al Karama Foundation to provide them with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain to undermine its status abroad.

Al Karama founder was included in the list of terrorists drafted by the Quartet combating the funding of terrorism (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt). He was also listed by the US Treasury as a terrorist and had his assets and funds frozen in 2013 over his ties to Al-Qaida terror group.

Investigations indicated that he had managed to exploit the foundation to support numerous terror groups under the cover of human rights.

Al Hammadi said that four suspects were arrested and the public prosecution questioned two of them in the presence of their lawyers.

The suspects were remanded in custody pending further investigations.

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