Bahrain’s authoritarian government sentenced opposition figure, Ebrahim Sharif, to six months in jail on Wednesday for a tweet criticizing Sudan’s dictator, president Omar al-Bashir. Bashir is facing a national uprising in opposition to his 3 decade rule.
The tweet said that during Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir rule “civil wars have piled up, the South seceded, and he has impoverished, starved and degraded the kind and noble Sudanese people.”
Ebrahim Sharif is a founding member of the National Democratic Action Society (Waed) party, which was dissolved in 2017 as part of the Bahrain government’s crackdown on dissent.
Sharif, a supporter of protests during the 2011 uprising in Bahrain, had served a four-year jail term after the protests were crushed by the authoritarian kingdom.
Bahrain’s law states that anyone who “publicly insults” a foreign country or its leader can be imprisoned for up to two years. Sharif will make bail in order to stay out of jail and appeal the verdict.
Photo of Ebrahim Sharif via Twitter