Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests.
Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama Mehanna, in a statement published by BNA state news agency.
Dhahrani did not disclose the reason behind his removal.
But political sources pointed out that Mehanna had a fierce argument with fellow MPs on April 29 after he criticized the situation at Jaw Prison, in southeastern Bahrain.
Mehanna was elected in October 2011 in partial polls held to replace 18 MPs of the opposition Al-Wefaq party who resigned in protest at violence used to quell a month of pro-reform protests.
Hundreds protesters and oppositions activists have been arrested since the eruption of the February 2011 uprising.
Human rights groups have condemned the government’s use of torture to convict and jail activists.
Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.