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The arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman on 28 December marks a further step in the confrontation between a part of the opposition and the authorities of the Kingdom of Bahrain that carries the risk of jeopardizing an already difficult political and security situation.
The requisite standards of due process have to be ensured, including the presence of Sheikh Ali Salman's legal counsel at all stages, transparency regarding his whereabouts, the objective application of guidelines for release on bail and, should Sheikh Ali Salman be brought to trial, fair and transparent court proceedings.
Only a process of national reconciliation, without preconditions, can ensure stability and prosperity for Bahrain's citizens.