Bahrain’s High Criminal Court presided over by judge Abdullah Al-Ashraf postponed the trial of Sheikh Issa Qassem and two others to August 14 to re-notify them about the new date for the next court session, Bahrain Mirror reported.
“The Criminal Court today (July 27, 2016) postponed the trial of three people, including a religious figure, charged with illegal fund-raising and money laundering, to August 14,” Attorney General Haroun Al Zayani said.
He further stated “None of the defendants was present at the public trial today even though they were all duly informed about the hearing. The court delayed that to adjourn the session until August 14 to re-notify the defendants about the new date for the next court session.”
It is to mention that the authorities are trying Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem for receiving Khums (alms), an obligatory ritual practiced by the Shia. Authorities accuse him of receiving money without an authorization.
Source: Bahrain Mirror