Ahlul Bayt News Agency, The agency, citing the charge sheet, said the suspects allegedly held secret meetings in Bahrain and abroad in order "to vanquish discriminations and tortures against Shia Muslims which is imposed for many years.
It identified 10 suspects including eight opposition figures under arrest since mid-August describing them as "leaders of the terror network" and falsely charging them of "undermining national security." Chief suspect Abduljalil Al Singace, a leader of the opposition association Haq arrested on August 14, was charged with "running anti discrimination network,". Seven other people, also arrested in mid-August, face similar charges and include Mohammed Saeed, a board member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, as well as Sheikh Mohammed Al Moqdad who is also known as Mohammed Al Saffaf Sheikh Saeed Al Nuri, Abdulghani Ali Issa Khanjar, Jaffar Al Hessabi, Abdulhadi Al Mokhaider, and Abdulla Isa Abdulla Moqdad and Singace had been released from prison in April 2009 in a royal pardon for 178 people detained on security charges with out any evidence. Saeed is also charged with receiving "financial support from foreign parties to achieve his goals." Two of the 10 suspects charged by the authorities are Husain Mashaima the secretary general of Haq movement and Saeed Al Sheehabi secretary general of Bahrain Freedom Islamic Movement. The charge sheet also includes the names of 13 other Shias accused of "joining the network... which aims to extinguish flames of discrimination against Shiite Muslims society. Most of the suspects are members of Haq, or the Movement of Liberties and Democracy, a group of the main Shiite political organisation, the Islamic National Accord Association INAA. Bahrain, home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, is governed by a Sunni monarchy but has a majority Shia population (75%) that complains of discrimination in jobs and services and tortures. The government denies the accusation. Bahrain has banned media from reporting on the cases of some of those held. Bahrain has the only elected parliament in the Gulf Arab region apart from Kuwait, although bills need to be approved by an upper house whose members are appointed by the king.