Bahrain opposition figure gets 6 months for Sudan tweet

Bahrain opposition figure gets 6 months for Sudan tweet
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, Fareeda Ghulam, the wife of Bahrain opposition politician Ebrahim Sharif, carries a poster with her husband's image as she arrives for an anti-government rally outside the offices of the United Nations in Manama, Bahrain. Activists said Wednesday, March 13, 2019, that Sharif now faces up to six months in prison for a tweet about Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Poster reads, "Freedom for Ebrahim Sharif. We are the voices of freedom, peace and reform." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent opposition politician in Bahrain faces up to six months in prison for a tweet about Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Bahraini prosecutors have long targeted Ebrahim Sharif over his outspokenness in an island kingdom in the grips of a yearslong crackdown on dissent.

Both Amnesty International and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy reported the court ruling Wednesday.

Sharif must pay bail of over ,300 to remain free pending a possible appeal.

His tweet in December 2018 called for al-Bashir to leave office. The Sudanese president has faced months of protest over his rule.

Authorities in Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet and a British naval base, did not respond to a request for comment.