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.