The Bahraini Court of Cassation yesterday upheld a previous ruling to dissolve the opposition National Democratic Action Society (Waad) and confiscate its assets including the Al-Ayyam newspaper for âcommitting serious violations and supporting terrorismâ, local media reported.
The court rejected an appeal filed by Waad against two previous rulings to dissolve it.
In May 2017, the Bahraini Court of First Instance issued a ruling to dissolve Waad. Later, in October 2017, the court of appeals upheld the decision.
In February of the same year, the Bahraini Court of Cassation upheld a ruling to dissolve the opposition Al-Wefaq Association for âdeviating from political activity to incitement to violence which could lead to sectarian strife in the countryâ.
The Bahraini authorities accused Waad of âsupporting terrorismâ after the organisation described militants sentenced to death as âmartyrs of the homelandâ.
Waad said in a previous statement that it had been accused of committing âgrave violationsâ since its establishment, almost 16 years ago, and that no action had been taken against it which âproves that the lawsuit against it is unfoundedâ.
The organisation described the courtâs decision as a âsevere blow to political action in Bahrainâ.