Bahrani politician faces charges after AP interview

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Posted: Nov 13, 2016 2:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An activist and a Bahrain political party say a secular politician has been charged with "inciting hatred" against the island's rulers after giving an interview to The Associated Press.

Ebrahim Sharif of the Waad political party spoke to the AP on Friday, the last day of a visit by Britain's Prince Charles amid a government crackdown on dissent.

On Sunday, Sayed Alwadaei of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy identified the detainee authorities did not name as Sharif.

Sharif said he worried Charles' visit could "whitewash" the government crackdown, the worst in Bahrain since its 2011 protests.

It's unclear what penalty he could face, though other cases involved fines and prison time.

Bahrain's government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sharif could not be immediately reached.