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Iran condemns life sentence for Ali Salman

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi denounced Bahraini court's ruling ordering life in prison sentence for Al-Wefaq group secretary general Ali Salman and two other Bahraini dissidents.

Referring to Salman's centrist and peaceful approach and his avoidance of violence, Qasemi said, The ruling will make the international community conclude that the Bahraini government is not after reforms; rather it has taken decision to suppress the protestors and aggravate the situation.

It's better for Bahraini officials to solve self-made crisis through real and serious dialogue and set aside security approach, instead of relying on other countries and buying security for high prices, Qasemi said, calling on the country to end issuance of oppressive decrees and imposing crackdown on the public.

A Bahraini court on Sunday ordered life sentences for three senior opposition members including Ali Salman, overturning a previous acquittal on alleged charges of spying for Qatar.

A statement from the public prosecutor said the court sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, opposition al-Wefaq group secretary general, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan and Ali Alaswad, members of the same group, to life in jail, Reuters reported.

Bahrain has been the scene of popular revolution against the Al Khalifa regime since March 14, 2011. The Bahraini people are demanding freedom, justice and democratically-elected government.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifa regime's crackdown.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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