Bahraini Nabeel Rajab Gets Thrown In Jail After Sending A Tweet

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Nabeel Rajab is a human rights defender that lives in Bahran.  He was sentenced to 3 months in prison for posting a tweet that was not in favor of Prince Khalifa bin Sulman al-Khalifa, the prime minister of Bahrain.

?Khalifa, leave the residents of Al Mahraq, its Sheikhs and its elderly. Everyone knows that you are not popular here, and if there wasn?t a need for money, they wouldn?t have gone out to receive you. When will you step down?? wrote Rajab on Twitter.

Rajab serves as the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), which is a nonprofit and non-government organization.  Rajab has been detained before.  ?Every day there are a thousand people insulting a thousand people; this isn?t logical. Normally the charge of insult leads to just a fine,? said Rajab?s lawyer.

Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has been the longest-serving prime minister in the world.