Prominent Al Fateh Youth Coalition (FYC) figure, Yaqoub Al Slaise, has been fined BD200 for degrading Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) online. The FYC spokesman was arrested on June 7 last year for his controversial post on Twitter claiming that the BDF ‘influences its employees in the parliamentarian election process’.
He was later released on bail by a remand judge at the High Criminal Court after pleading not guilty, pending a verdict of his offence. The coalition had earlier accused the decision to detain Yaqoub as a curtailment of his freedom of speech. Speaking to DT News, a member of the coalition Rashid Al Jassim, said that ‘Yaqoub should be released immediately’ and that he is ‘completely innocent.’