US 'seriously concerned' over jailing of Bahraini activist

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Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years for torture accusations and ‘insulting’ Saudi Arabia

A Bahraini human rights activist has been sentenced to five years in prison for criticising Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in Yemen and accusing Bahrain’s prison authorities of torture, his lawyer and fellow activists said.

The United States, which has a major naval base in Bahrain, has expressed concern about the case of Nabeel Rajab, a leading figure in pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain in 2011, who was already serving a two-year sentence over a news interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners.

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