Bahrain bans three clerics from preaching

August 09, 2014 - 1:32:50 am

MANAMA: Bahrain has banned three clerics from preaching in mosques, accusing them of violating the “ethics and principles of religious discourse”, in what opposition activists said was part of a crackdown on dissent.

State news agency BNA said the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Interior Ministry of the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom had forbidden Sheikh Kamel Al Hashemi, Adel Al Hamad and Mohammed Al Mansi to preach in and around the capital Manama.

It said the three had ignored warning from authorities to stick to rules set for preachers. Bahrainis said at least two of them were Shias.