Saeed Shehabi

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Saeed al-Shehabi
سعيد الشهابي
Born1954
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
NationalityBahraini
OccupationPolitical activist, journalist, commentator, and member of the Bahrain Freedom Movement

Saeed Shehabi is a Bahraini thinker, political activist, commentator and journalist. He is a regular columnist in the daily Arabic Al-Quds newspaper.[1] He gives regular interviews to the BBC's Middle East Service and AlJazeera. He is also the Director of Abrar House,[2] an Islamic community center in Central London that promotes interfaith work. He is also the leader of the pro-democractic Bahrain Freedom Movement,[3] that is a banned Bahraini opposition group. He was also a founding member of Al-Wefaq National Party.[4] He was previously the editor of Alalam magazine and now hosts a weekly television programme on Alalam TV.[5] He has been living in exile in London since 1979 and returned to Bahrain on two occasions in 2002. He has a PhD in engineering from City University. Saeed Shehabi is married and has seven children.

On August 2010, Bahrain TV [6] declared that Saeed Shehabi is accused of being the second leading member of a terrorist network.[7][8] He is currently being tried in absentia along with Hassan Mushaimi. The Bahraini government claimed that a red notice was issued by interpol for his arrest, however this has not been verified.[9] In 1996 he was similarly sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia.

In the summer of 2009, Saeed Shehabi's home was attacked by arsonists.[10]

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  1. Arabic Al-Quds newspaper: http://www.alquds.co.uk/
  2. Abrar House: http://www.abraronline.net
  3. Bahrain Freedom Movement: http://www.vob.org
  4. Al-Wefaq National Party: http://alwefaq.net/
  5. Alalam TV: http://www.alalam.ir/
  6. Bahrain TV: http://www.alayam.com/tv/home.htm
  7. Bahrain News Agency: http://english.bna.bh/?ID=89455
  8. 'Terrorist Network' revealed on BTV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiHWKZ8L71c
  9. Daily Telegraph:Interpol Red Notice Issue:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/bahrain/8081933/Bahrain-royal-family-facing-unprecedented-challenge-in-election.html
  10. House of Bahraini opposition activist firebombed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkGcZLtNboU