Bahrain jails five people over critical tweets

Five Bahrainis have been jailed over critical tweets, as the Gulf state continues its crackdown on opposition to the Manama regime.

Bahrain said the suspects were arrested for tweets that “defame individuals” and “incite sedition”. The director general of anti-corruption and economic and electronic security said the suspects include three public sector workers, one worker in the private sector and an unemployed individual.

The suspects were “involved in setting up tendentious accounts on which they posted abusive tweets, while others provided them with information and helped them to post them”.

Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad al-Khalifa of the royal guard said the state would enforce a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who criticises the king or country’s other leaders.

Earlier this week, Bahrain said it would “hunt down” online dissidents, including those abroad. Activists such as Nabeel Rajab have been jailed for tweets critical of the government.