A Manama court on Thursday adjourned the trial of Bahraini opposition leader and rights activist Nabil Rajab for a fourth time and rejected calls for his release, judicial sources said.
The sources said defence lawyers argued for the release of Rajab, who attended the hearing, saying he was innocent of charges of having “insulted” Bahraini and Saudi authorities.
The court turned down the request and adjourned the trial until December 28, the fourth such delay, saying it was awaiting an experts’ report on “who is running Nabil Rajab’s Twitter account” while he remains behind bars.
Rajab, the founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was arrested on June 13 for comments on Twitter that criticised the kingdom’s role in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, according to Human Rights Watch.
The New York-based rights watchdog has called for Rajab’s immediate release, saying the charges against him “inherently violate the right to free expression”.