7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News


MANAMA: His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa last night condemned a Molotov cocktail attack on the house of Shura Council member Sameera Rajab.

In a telephone call with Ms Rajab, he said such practices are rejected nationally, ethically and religiously.

He was also reassured on Ms Rajab's health and safety. He said those who muzzle mouths, terrorise free opinion and prey on the country will be brought to justice and their attempts to hinder the country's progress are doomed to failure.

HRH the Premier paid tribute to loyal citizens who spare no effort in revealing the truth to the world and protecting Bahrain's bright image. He also praised Ms Rajab and all loyal writers and journalists for their sincere national stance.

Ms Rajab's home in West Riffa was attacked with firebombs shortly after 10pm, just 24 hours after a televised debate with former MP and senior Al Wefaq leader Khalil Al Marzooq, adds MOHAMMED AL A'ALI.

Ms Rajab, a columnist for the GDN's sister newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej, described the incident as an attack on freedom of speech and expression by those seeking to silence voices that do not support the protest movement in Bahrain.

"The attack was carried out by groups that don't believe in the freedom of speech and expression and have a sole goal of terrorising those with transparent words, which they want subdued," she told Bahrain News Agency.

"The attack came after my participation in Al Ittijah Al Mo'akis (Opposing Views) show (on Al Jazeera's Arabic channel) in which I uncovered the truth about the conspiracy against Bahrain."

Information Affairs Authority president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa visited Ms Rajab's home and condemned the attack.

The Southern Governorate Security director-general said the main operations room received a call that Ms Rajab's house in West Riffa was attacked with Molotov cocktails at 10.08pm.

"We have moved to the scene to carry out investigations and the Public Prosecution has been notified to take legal action," he said.

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