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Scottish MP Proposes Motion in UK Parliament Condemning Sheikh Sanqour's Arrest

Bahrain Mirror: Scottish MP Kenny MacAskill proposed on Wednesday a motion in the UK Parliament condemning the Bahraini government arrest of prominent cleric Mohammad Sanqour.

"This house strongly condemns the arrest of leading Shia Cleric Mohammad Sanqour, after he called on authorities to declare the fate of death row inmates following allegations they were assaulted and called for the release of political prisoners during Friday prayers; regrets that this arrest represents a clear violation of freedom of speech and freedom of religious practice; expresses concern at this escalation in repression by the government of Bahrain; notes the spread of protests across the country following the arrest and urges the UK government to make representations to Bahrain to guarantee freedom of assembly; calls for the immediate release of Sheikh Mohammad Sanqour and for all charges against him to be dropped; and urges the UK government to call on the government of Bahrain to end its systematic persecution of the majority population," the motion read.

Kenny MacAskill served as Scotland's Justice Minister for seven years from 2007 to 2014.

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