Bahraini opposition group, Al-Wefaq denounced as political a life sentence against its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, and two of his aides.
In a statement released shortly after Bahrain’s supreme court announced it was upholding life term for Sheikh Salman and his two aides, Al-Wefaq lashed out at the Bahraini regime, saying it would remain illegitimate for the coming 25 years.
“The sentence is political and retaliatory against Sheikh Salman,” the opposition group said, affirming that the regime in Bahrain uses judiciary and trials just to cover up its tyrannical and bloody reality.
“The regime, through this sentence, decided to stay illegitimate for the coming 25 years,” Al-Wefaq said, stressing that “the regime’s control over the joints of the state, wealth, and decisions by force, starvation and by weapons will not last long.”
The case of Sheikh Salman, Ali al-Aswad and Hassan Sultan was only based on fabrications, the statement said, noting that the regime in Bahrain “uses its citizens, regardless of being Shiites or Sunnis, as cards to either seek more money from hostile countries or to build virtual coalitions that contradict with the peoples’ aspirations.”
On the other hand, al-Wefaq pointed out that the sentences released by the Bahriani judiciary, which is headed by the king, “have become an object of derision and mockery by Bahrainis,” adding that “today there is a martyr, a prisoner, or a displaced person in each Bahraini house.”
“We aren’t surprised by the sentence, because we know the way the ruling party thinks, how Bahrain is managed and how the decision within it is being taken, leading to many political, economic, social, security and diplomatic crises,” the statement said.
The opposition group assured meanwhile, that the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain will continue.
It “will not stop or retreat, but will increase its momentum instead.”
“The majority of Bahrainis sticking to their demands to have a change in the Kingdom from a tyrannical regime into a democratic one.”
“Building a state of law and institutions is the only way out instead of state of chaos, repression and enslavement,” Al-Wefaq concluded its statement.
Source: Al-Manar English Website