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British MP charged with 'racially aggravated' abuse of Bahraini activist

Bob Stewart is accused of violating the Public Order Act over a number of comments made to Sayed Alwadei
Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham (Parliament)

British Conservative MP Bob Stewart has been charged with a "racially aggravated" violation of the Public Order Offence over comments to a leading Bahraini activist.

Bob Stewart, MP for the UK constituency of Beckanham, is alleged to have shouted the comments at Bahrain activist Sayed Alwadaei, head of Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), after the activist confronted him in London in December.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Stewart would appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 5 July.

The MP, a former military officer who has represented Beckenham since 2010, is also charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Alwadaei is a campaigner has lived in the UK in exile since 2012 over his involvement in pro-democracy protests in Bahrain.

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