An Egyptian national, who instigated a brawl at a Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) meeting back in April, appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time since his arrest. The 29-year-old was detained following a physical altercation with a number of people at the BCCI gathering, which erupted after he blurted insults at the Shiite sect. He was later identified as the ‘personal legal adviser’ to the chairman of the BCCI, Sameer Nass. April’s incident was caught on video and shows how the sectarian remarks caused uproar among attendees, leading to punches, choke holds and even water bottles being hurled. But during his court appearance, the defendant pleaded not guilty to charges of ‘assault and making sectarian remarks’. Although he admitted calling Bahraini businessman Nader Al Alawi “a Shiite funded by Iran”, he claimed that he “did not mean anything sectarian” with his comments. He told the court that he was merely acting in self-defense and that the incident had been “blown out of proportion.” In the immediate aftermath of the brawl, Bahraini officials tried to distance themselves from what they described as “disgraceful comments”. However, the country’s opposition Al-Wefaq movement accused the government of ‘encouraging’ such rhetoric by peddling sectarian animosity. عدد المشاهدات: 15 Share 0 Tweet 0 Share 0

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