Nabeel Rajab arrested upon his return to Beirut, and the authorities are also holding a leading pro-democracy protests
A prominent human rights and spokesman of the ruling family of Bahrain has been arrested, the Interior Ministry said the country Sunday as authorities intensified crackdown on protesters pro- democracy.
Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni monarchy has been in crisis for activists, mainly Shiite protests majority began in February 2011, after the successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Police arrested Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), on his return to Beirut on Saturday night, according to al-Sayed Youssef Muhafda member of BCHR.
"The police stopped near the door of the plane. They said they had an arrest warrant by the prosecutor ... was allowed to call his family after arrest, but could not see "Muhafda said.
Rajab said he appeared in court on Sunday on charges of participation and before calling an illegal meeting and Mars. "We do not know what the charges are still new," he said by phone from Manama.
Rajab fame last year as an activist against repression. With 140,000 followers on Twitter that he is one of the best known online activists in the Arab world.
Bahrain confirmed the arrest of Rajab "for committing a series of crimes punishable by law." He did not elaborate.
The authorities also hold the leader Zainab al-Khawaja protest after trying to protest on a single main street. Prosecutors say she insulted women police. It has become a symbol for protesters after being pulled from a roundabout in December by the women of the riot police.
"The federation calls for immediate and unconditional release of Rajab and human rights of others, but it seems to block judicial harassment against human rights," said Paris-based group.