Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shi'ite cleric

Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shi`ite cleric Baghdad: Bahrain's rulers say they've revoked the citizenship of a powerful Shi’ite cleric with close ties to Iraq as part of a widening crackdown on suspected dissidents.

A statement by Bahrain's interior minister says citizenship was pulled from Ayatollah Hussein al-Najati and his family.

Al-Najati is the Bahrain representative of Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country's most influential Shi’ite political cleric.

Al-Najati was born in Bahrain and studied in Iraq and Iran. He now could be considered stateless.

The move on Sunday is the latest blow by Bahrain's Sunni rulers against their majority Shi’ite population ahead of Parliamentary Elections next month in the tiny Gulf state. A wave of arrests since August has touched off clashes and protests.

Bureau Report