According to reports by the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Bahraini nationals Jaafar Ramadan and Ramadan Issa were summoned for interrogation on April 6.
The organized a small protest to call for the freedom of imprisoned activist Mohamed Ramadan, who has been sentenced to death on trumped-up charges of bombing a convoy and killing a police officer in al-Deir, a village northeast of the capital Manama, in early 2014.
Even though the two were released that day, the reports added, the police station in the village of Samaheej summoned them again in the early hours of April 9.
Jaffar was reportedly arrested as soon as he showed up at the station and multiple charges, including illegal gathering, were brought against him.
The Bahraini man noted that two of the alleged charges relate to protests in a neighboring village, which he did not attend at all. Despite this, he was presented before the Public Prosecution.
Unlicensed gatherings of more than five people are illegal under Bahraini law, in breach of Article 22 of International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.
In an apparent warning to protesters, the Public Prosecution stated on April 9 that the maximum sentence for unlicensed gatherings had been raised to 3 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to 5,000 Bahraini dinars (over 13,000 US dollars) will also be slapped against anyone who violates the rules.
On April 7, Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor also ordered the detention of three brothers from the northern village of Karbabad for holding a sit-in in solidarity with their imprisoned brother Mohammed al-Daqqaq.