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DR Saeed Shehabi claimed the US Embassy in Bahrain had given the green light to what he described as a security offensive against political and human rights activists.

The London-based Bahraini is the third suspect involved in a terrorist network aimed at overthrowing the government. His allegations were published in an article on several websites.

Dr Shehabi is accused of receiving financial support from foreign organisations and bodies to carry out illegal acts.

He claimed US Ambassador Joseph Adam Ereli leaked information to several activists, in private meetings over the past months, that a security strike was imminent should the opposition's trend remain unchanged.

He also claimed the ambassador made declarations three days before the security campaign started, in an interview with Al Wasat newspaper, published on August 10, saying: "If members of the opposition are in conflict with their country and are concerned about their country, they'd better stay in it and look for a way to correct things inside this country, not outside, since no-one risks being jailed in Bahrain as long as law is respected and presumably, there is a margin of freedom that allows to undertake a number of activities and criticise the political regime, so what is the use of resorting to London or the US?"

Dr Shehabi claimed the ambassador's statement lacked tactfulness and diplomacy, which, he said, stoked feelings of disappointment among a large number of people, who for the first time held the US responsible for the fast deterioration of the situation.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 8, 2010
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