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Qatar denies meddling in Bahraini affairs over spy case

AFP  |  Doha 

denied Monday accusations it interfered in Bahrain's internal affairs after a court sentenced the of the Shiite opposition to life in jail for spying for

Bahraini Sheikh was sentenced on Sunday for "acts of hostility" against and "communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order".

has repeatedly denied accusations of conspiring against with Salman, a Shiite who headed the now-banned movement.

Qatar's foreign ministry on Monday said that the case had been politicised and accused of being "narrow-minded".

"The state of condemns the mentioning of its name in Bahrain's political disputes and internal conflicts," the ministry said in a statement.

It added that should not resort "to the politicisation of the judiciary or use Qatar's name in favour of political calculation that has proven to be narrow-minded".

Shortly after, Bahrain's foreign ministry renewed warnings against "any form of interference or harm to the integrity and independence of the kingdom's judicial system".

Human rights groups have condemned the verdict against Salman, with calling it "a travesty of justice".

Bahrain and have been locked in a bitter regional dispute since June 2017, when a Saudi-led boycott of was enforced over allegations it was cosying up to regional arch-rival and supporting radical Islamist groups.

Bahrain, and the banned their citizens from travel to or communication with Doha.

Ruled for more than two centuries by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, Bahrain has been hit by waves of unrest since 2011, when security forces crushed Shiite-led protests demanding a constitutional monarchy and an

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 18:25 IST