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News code: 24161
Published Date: Monday 4 December 2017 - 14:25:48

Bahrain's top Shia cleric hospitalised

Bahrain's top Shia cleric hospitalised
World  - Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, has been admitted to hospital in critical condition, his family and a rights group said Monday.

Sheikh Qassim, in his late 70s, was stripped of his citizenship in 2016 and has been under de facto house arrest ever since.

Nedal al-Salman, acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and a relative of Qassim who requested anonymity both confirmed Qassim was in critical condition.

Authorities allowed his family to transport him to a hospital of their choosing after they declined state-sanctioned medical care.

The cleric's ailing health has for weeks been a point of contention between authorities and the Qassim family, who had refused the government's offer to transfer him to hospital over fears he may be detained and deported should he leave his residence.

While his family has not made public the details of his condition, some say he has high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Authorities have jailed dozens of high-profile activists and disbanded opposition groups.

They have also stripped hundreds of their citizenship, making many stateless, according to Amnesty International.

News Code: 24161
Published Date: Monday 4 December 2017 - 14:25:48
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