Bahrain: Shiites Accused of Terrorism

Bahrain has charged 23 Shiite activists with terrorism and conspiring against the government, a top justice official said Wednesday. The men were among hundreds of Shiite opposition figures who were rounded up in recent months by the Sunni-dominated government, said the prosecutor general, Abdul-Rahman al-Sayed. They also face charges of spreading false information and forming an illegal group involved in terrorism. Shiites, who are a majority in Bahrain, a tiny island nation in the Persian Gulf, have long complained of discrimination in state jobs and housing. They also say that they are barred from holding influential posts in the security forces.

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