THE Northern Governorate Public Prosecution has remanded a suspect in custody for seven days over charges of taking part in illegal gatherings and calling for an unauthorised rally.
Chief prosecutor Nawaf Al Awadhi said the prosecution received a notification last Thursday from the Police Directorate stating that Nabeel Rajab had delivered a speech during a public gathering urging those present to stage a march, confront authorities and use violence against security forces. He also allegedly incited them to escalate the situation to ensure that confrontations result in deaths.
An illegal rally was organised in Manama following his speech, on the same day, which resulted in disrupting public order, blocking roads and attacks against security personnel, the directorate said.
Mr Awadhi added the prosecution quizzed the suspect, in the presence of his lawyer, over charges of taking part in the gathering and calling for an unauthorised march and remanded him for seven days pending the investigation.
He also said the prosecution has already carried out an investigation on the same defendant for publishing statements on social networking sites and humiliating Public Security forces, which he admitted doing. He will stand trial at the Criminal Court of First Instance over charges of insulting an official body on Wednesday.