EBRAHIM SHARIF RE-ARRESTED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER HIS RELEASE
WAAD DEMANDS SHARIF IS GRANTED ACCESS TO HIS LAWYER DURING INVESTIGATION AND CALLS FOR HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Democratic Action Society (Waad) confirmed the news circulating about the re-arrest of its former Secretary General and political activist Ebrahim Sharif approximately 2:30 am this Sunday morning the 12th of July, 2015, as a group of police vehicles attended his residence to arrest and escort him to Al Hala Police Station in Muharraq. The authorities commenced preliminary investigations with Sharif, while preventing his lawyer from attending. Sharif was formally charged with incitement of hatred against the regime and contempt of the same and is currently detained in custody for 48 hours pending further investigation.
Waad further stated that Sharif has categorically rejected and denied the charges, confirming that he was calling for genuine reform before his arrest in 2011 and continued to do so during his imprisonment and after his release on 19th of June, 2015. Furthermore, Waad stressed that there are no valid justifications for his re-arrest after serving approximately 5 years in prison due to his political views, particularly seeing that Sharif has only exercised his natural right of freedom of expression after his release.
Waad added that if the political system is genuine about the application of the Constitution and respect for freedom of opinion and expression, then it should embrace the right of opposition and criticism of government policies and programmes instead of bringing charges branding such rights as incitement of hatred against the regime.
Moreover, Waad confirms that the arrest of Sharif is an attempt to silence his voice and confiscate his freedom of expression, rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution, the law and all international treaties and conventions, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Accordingly, Waad demands Sharif’s immediate release and the cessation of accusations against him, reiterating its position with regards to peaceful resistance and its continuation of the same to achieve the legitimate demands of the people of Bahrain including freedom, democracy, social justice and the attainment of a civil democratic state which respects human rights and embodies equal citizenship without discrimination or marginalisation.
National Democratic Action Society (Waad)
12th of July, 2015