A social media activist sent to jail for 5 years over tweets

High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail on Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, a judicial source and human rights groups said.

Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf state s Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year sentence handed down last July for “disseminating rumors and false information” in television interviews critical of the government.

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He has served multiple stints in prison since 2012, all linked to his role in the protests.

In the latest case, Rajab was found guilty of insulting a neighboring country and spreading false news and rumors, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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