A Bahrain human rights activist currently awaiting trial has told HuffPost the British government bear some of the blame for allowing the repressive Bahraini authorities to crush the country’s democracy movement.
Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, had been in prison for two years for his part in the Arab Spring uprisings in Bahrain.
Freed in May after serving his full sentence, he is likely to face a significant prison term again after being charged yesterday with insulting Bahraini government institutions on Twitter, by linking them to the radical jihadists Islamic State.
The charges come in the wake of a court ruling that a Bahraini prince may face prosecution in the UK for allegedly being directly involved in the torture of three pro-democracy protesters.
The High Court ruled that Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa was not immune because of his Royal status, but could only be prosecuted if new evidence emerges.
Prince Nasser has been a regular visitor to Britain, and has spent time with members of the Royal family. The Bahrani government strongly denies the torture allegations.