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Investigation 'is over in defamation case'.

An investigation into a case of defaming companions of Prophet Mohammed and insulting "the Mother of the Believers" Aisha has been completed, Northern governorate acting chief prosecutor Adnan Fakhro said.

The suspects will stand trial at the Third Lower Criminal Court on Sunday.

They are facing charges of offending a glorified symbol for Muslims, misusing telecommunication devices, printing publications and raising funds without authorisation from competent parties, setting up a library and printing without a licence from relevant authorities.

Three of the suspects were remanded in custody pending investigation.

The Public Prosecution also ordered the confiscation of defamatory books and the funds as well as shutting down the library and sealing it.

It also referred the case for a speedy trial to hand the toughest penalty for the suspects, including the writer of the defamatory book.

Two of the suspects reportedly logged on to social communication network Instagram and defamed the companions of Prophet Mohammed. They were tracked down and arrested.

Investigations showed that they raised money without authorisation and sent it to a satellite channel specialising in offending the Prophet's companions and "the Mother of the Believers".

The second suspect also printed a defamatory book insulting "the Mother of the Believers" Aisha with the consent of the library's owner who was also arrested.

A fourth suspect, the director of the writer's office, who is outside Bahrain, was also found guilty of pushing for and helping with the publication of the book.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 2, 2014
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