Senior Cleric: Bahraini Regime Declares War on Shiites
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A senior Bahraini Shiite leader said the ruling Al Khalifa regime has officially declared a war on the Shiite faith by expelling the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
In a Friday speech, Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem condemned the Al Khalifa regime over expulsion of Sheikh Hussein al-Najati, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
“Out of all states in the world, Bahrain declared a blatant, defying and open war on the Shiite faith,” Sheikh Qassim stated.
He also called on the international community and the United Nations to follow up the case of Najati, Press TV reported.
Najati was responsible for collecting and redistributing religious donations on behalf of Ayatollah Sistani.
Bahraini authorities expelled Najati on April 23, accusing him of not being transparent and not having the official approval of the regime.
Najati had been among the 31 opposition figures deprived of their Bahraini nationality by the regime in 2012.
The United Nations also has censured the Bahraini regime for discriminating against the Shiite majority of the country.