Bahrain charges Sheikh Ali Salman with 'regime overthrow' bid
DUBAI - Prosecutors on Monday charged Bahrain's Shiite opposition chief with attempting to overthrow the regime and sent him to trial despite international calls for his release.
Sheikh Ali Salman will stand trial from January 28 on charges of "promoting the overthrow and change of the political regime by force," prosecutor Nayef Mahmud said in a statement.
Salman, head of the influential Al-Wefaq bloc, has been in custody since December 28.
The arrest came two days after Salman was re-elected as party leader.
Prosecutor Nayef Mahmud said that Salman had confessed during questioning to having "contacted regimes and political groups abroad with whom he discussed Bahraini internal affairs".
Some of these parties had "expressed readiness" to "interfere in Bahrain's affairs", said the prosecution, adding that the contacts took place without Bahraini officials being informed.
"The prosecution has ordered his continued detention for 15 days pending investigations," the prosecutor said in a statement.