Resigned MP and UPR attendee called for investigation

Sayed Hadi Al Musawi, resigned MP and member of the civil society delegation to the UN Universal Periodic Review, has been called in for questioning by the public prosecution after a complaint filed by the Ministry of Interior.

According to his party Al Wefaq, Sayed Hadi yesterday received the summons to attend an investigation on Thursday. It is not yet known what the Ministry of Interior complaint refers to or why he has been called in for questioning.

However, it comes a couple of weeks after the Minister of Interior threatened legal action against those opposition figures who attended the Universal Periodic review in geneva.

Sayed Hadi attended the United Nations session in his capacity as the Head of the Human Rights Department of Al Wefaq. In a statement al Wefaq said, “This summons is part of a campaign by the authorities of targeting activists and opposition with arrest, trials, dismissing from work, murder and attacking homes.”

“The detention of a number of activists and human rights defenders is within the security campaign led by authorities to persecute each national voice defending the rights of Bahraini citizens. Such is the case of the ongoing detention of Nabeel Rajab, human rights defender and President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, for simply expressing his view.”

The Bahrain Justice and Development Movement, who also attended the UPR session, said “Regardless of whether this relates to Sayed Hadi’s involvement in the UPR there is no justification for the call for investigation. Sayed Hadi is an opposition activist and human rights defender who has always worked within the framework of the law. This is is another attempt to try to silence the opposition and does not constitute a serious attempt by the authorities to take the country out of the current crisis.”

We will follow the news of Sayed Hadi’s case closely and will report here.

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