Bahrain seeks to dissolve Shiite opposition group

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Posted: Jun 04, 2012 11:03 AM
Bahrain seeks to dissolve Shiite opposition group

Bahrain's Justice Ministry says it has filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve a Shiite-led political society for alleged breaches that include supporting views fueling tensions in the troubled Gulf nation.

The action announced Monday against the Islamic Action Society, or Amal, also appears aimed at sending a message to other Shiite blocs that further crackdowns are possible.

Amal has supported Shiite-led protests seeking to break the Sunni monarchy's hold on power in the strategic nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. More than 50 people have died in the unrest since February 2011.

Some Amal members are among 21 activists sentenced to long prison terms last year. Their retrial resumes Tuesday.