The deputy leader of Bahrain’s largest opposition party will be held for 30 days while being investigated for inciting terrorism in a series of speeches, the public prosecutor of the Gulf Arab kingdom said.
The detention of Khalil al-Marzouq on Tuesday angered his Al Wefaq party, an Islamist group which says it advocates non-violent methods, and could complicate faltering efforts to end 2-1/2 years of political deadlock on the strategically vital island.
In a statement, Bahrain’s Head of Public Prosecution, Nayef Yousfi, said police investigations showed Marzouq had spoken at many forums promoting terrorism, the most recent of which was a speech at Saar district west of the capital Manama on Sept. 6.
The ministry’s statement follows calls from Al Wefaq to release Marzouq, saying he was being held for questioning after police summoned him to Al Budayia station, west of Manama.
Public Prosecution head Nayef Yusuf said on Tuesday that an investigation against Khalil Al Marzooq had been launched based on a report from the Northern Governorate Police Station.
Al Wefaq party said in a statement the measure was part of a government project to “wipe out” political action.
Marzouq, a prominent figure in the main Shiite opposition Al Wefaq formation, has been “summoned and referred to the public prosecution”, the ministry said on Twitter.
The government quelled the 2011 revolt, one of a series of “Arab Spring” upheavals, but protests and clashes have persisted despite talks between government and opposition.