Sheihk Ali Salman, the leader of the main opposition movement in Bahrain, Al Wefaq, was arrested on 28 December after being summoned for questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department. He had been re-elected as the Head of Al Wefaq two days earlier.
According to the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights, Sheihk Ali Salman is "accused of a number of serious charges that carry hefty prison terms, including calling for the overthrow of the government."
On 29 December 2014, the European Union Delegation to the UN Spokeswoman described this arrest as "a further step in the confrontation between a part of the opposition and the authorities of the Kingdom of Bahrain that carries the risk of jeopardizing an already difficult political and security situation."
As for the Spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she urged "the Government of Bahrain to immediately release Sheikh Salman, as well as all other persons convicted or detained for merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly."
On 5 January 2015, the media reported that the leader of Al Wefaq would be remanded in custody for two more weeks.