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Bahrain Charges Opposition Leader Over Meeting With U.S. Diplomat

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July 10, 2014 AT 10:57 AM
Bahrain's public prosecutor's office has charged the country's most senior opposition leader and one of his aides with holding an illegal meeting with a U.S. diplomat. It said al-Wefaq party leader Sheikh Ali Salman and his political assistant, Khalil al-Marzouq, should have obtained permission before meeting Tom Malinowski, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The United States has said it is "deeply concerned" about his treatment and is considering a response. The public prosecutor said Salman and Marzouq were questioned and then charged with "contacting a representative of a foreign government in violation of the political associations law and related ministerial decisions".