US ally Bahrain charges activist for stating the obvious

A top Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, was formally charged on Thursday with insulting the Defense and Interior Ministries. Mr. Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was detained Oct. 1 over his messages posted on Twitter that accused Bahrain’s security institutions of being incubators for extremist ideology. His lawyer, Jalila al-Sayed, said Mr. Rajab was also accused of “intimidating” the security forces. He wrote on Twitter on Sept. 28 that security institutions were “the first ideological incubator” for Bahrainis who joined the Islamic State group fighting in Iraq and Syria. A court date was set for Oct. 19.

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