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Former MP in Illegal protests is acquitted.

A FORMER MP charged with seeking to overthrow the regime and taking part in illegal gatherings was yesterday acquitted by the Lower Criminal Court.

Mattar Ebrahim Mattar was standing trial for taking part in illegal protests at the former GCC (Pearl) roundabout.

His lawyer Hussain Aqeel earlier asked the court to summon high-profile figures as witnesses, arguing that they had previously stated people had the right to protest at the former roundabout.

They included His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, Human Rights and Social Development Minister Dr Fatima Al Balooshi and an Information Affairs Authority spokeswoman to testify on behalf of Mr Mattar. However, the judge denied his request.

Mr Matar was previously released on bail. Prosecutors had earlier dropped some charges, including inciting hatred against the regime, reporting falsified news and inciting others to disobey orders.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Feb 21, 2012
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