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Iran's plans for the freedom of Sheikh Ali Salman

a protest against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Wednesday for the immediate freedom of prominent Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, held by the ruling regime.
"Coercive attitudes towards the respected leaders, who have not deviated from peaceful approaches to pursue public demands despite the tough political and security conditions in recent years, will complicate the situation and increase the threats,” Zarif said on Wednesday.

Sheikh Salman’s lawyer has asserted that his client is charged with “provoking hatred for the ruling regime and attending illegal demonstrations”.

Following the massive anti-regime protests held on Friday, Bahrain's Interior Ministry had ordered Salman to appear before police investigators on Sunday without providing any explanation as to why the summons was issued.

Bahrain opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman was remanded in custody on December 23 on charges including seeking regime change, prompting his group to decry tyrannical rule in the region.