TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The statement on Thursday by the U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention describes Rajab as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom.
Rajab is serving a five-year prison sentence for tweets he sent in a case widely criticized internationally as the kingdom's government continues a crackdown on dissent. He faces further time in prison on other charges similarly denounced abroad.
Authorities in Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and a British naval base, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on the panel's opinion.
The kingdom similarly did not respond to the U.N. panel's questions regarding Rajab's case.