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Man spared jail over billboard vandalism.

A MAN arrested for vandalising an election billboard has been spared time behind bars.

The Bahraini was arrested in the Northern Governorate for damaging a campaign banner in Budaiya on November 7.

The accused was found guilty of vandalising campaign banners and handed a suspended sentence of 12 months behind bars by the Lower Criminal Court.

He was also fined BD200 and ordered to pay the price of the damaged billboard costing BD12.

According to the court ruling, the defendant confessed to using a metal bar to vandalise the banner in Budaiya.

Meanwhile, five other suspects will stand trial in connection with four cases of allegedly vandalising election billboards and defaming candidates.

The Bahrainis will stand trial at the Lower Criminal Court, said Electoral Crimes Committee head Advocate General Mohanna Al Shaiji yesterday.

"In the first case, the suspect posted tweets inciting others not to take part in the elections," he said in a statement.

"In the second case, another suspect will stand trial over an audio clip that defamed a candidate.

"He has been accused of disseminating false information with the intention of affecting election results.

"The same suspect is also standing trial in another case in connection with defaming a candidate.

"Besides, three candidates are standing trial in the fourth case for vandalising campaigning billboards in the Capital Governorate."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 22, 2018
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