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BAHRAINI POLITICIAN FACES CHARGES AFTER AP INTERVIEW

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A secular political leader in Bahrain was charged Sunday with "inciting hatred" against the island's rulers after giving an interview to The Associated Press during a recent visit by Britain's Prince Charles, an activist and his party said.

Ebrahim Sharif of the Waad party had told the AP on Friday he feared the Prince of Wales' visit to the tiny kingdom could "whitewash" an ongoing crackdown on dissent there. He also suggested the island's ruling family should enter into a power-sharing agreement with political parties as the kingdom faces growing financial pressure from low oil prices.

On Sunday, Bahrain's public prosecution said it questioned an unnamed man over comments made to the foreign press.

 

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