UK foreign secretary urged to pressure Manama to release activist

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been urged to pressure the Bahraini royal family to set free prominent opposition leader and human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.

More than 20 MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, the Scottish National party, the Democratic Unionist party, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SDLP sent a letter to the Foreign Office on Wednesday, voicing concern over detention of the activist in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

Rajab, who has criticized the Saudi aggression against impoverished Yemen, could face up to 15 years in prison once he attends the court on Friday.

“We urge you, in advance of the trial tomorrow, to make it clear to Bahraini officials that the United Kingdom wishes to see his unconditional release from prison, and for the charges brought against him, which are related to his right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech, to be dropped,” read the letter.

According to the SNP’s Margaret Ferrier,…

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