Bahrain national team player sentenced to two years in jail for anti-government protest participation

The 2004 Asian Cup Golden Boot winner and his brother, a fellow national team player, had been in custody in recent weeks but now they face imprisonment for their part in protests

Bahrain national team player Mohamed Hubail has been sentenced to two years imprisonment after being convicted of participating in anti-government protests

Hubail, along with his brother A'ala, a 68-time Bahrain international who won the 2004 Asian Cup Golden Boot award, had been in custody since the crackdown on the protests.

Bahrain's main opposition party Al Wefaq said in a statement that Mohamed had been convicted and sentenced on Thursday in closed-door proceedings.

Mohamed, who has 52 national team caps, appeared in Bahrain's special security court which had been set up following the March protests.

The protests had been Shiite-led demonstrations against the Sunni monarchy in Bahrain's capital Manama.

The brothers had previously been dismissed by club Al Ahli for their involvement in the protests.

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