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Bahrain charges opposition leader with 'insults' over uprising museum raided by riot police

  • Sheik Ali Salman, leader of the largest Shiite opposition group, the Al Wefaq Society, arrives in response to a summons for questioning at the public prosecutor's office on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Bahraini government issued a statement accusing Salman of "denigrating and disparaging the Interior Ministry" through his society's museum-style exhibition of scenes from the 2 1/2-year-old pro-democracy uprising that police shut down last week. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Sheik Ali Salman, leader of the largest Shiite opposition group, the Al Wefaq Society, arrives in response to a summons for questioning at the public prosecutor's office on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Bahraini government issued a statement accusing Salman of "denigrating and disparaging the Interior Ministry" through his society's museum-style exhibition of scenes from the 2 1/2-year-old pro-democracy uprising that police shut down last week. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sheik Ali Salman, right, leader of the largest Shiite opposition group, the Al Wefaq Society, arrives with aides in response to a summons for questioning at the public prosecutor's office on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Bahraini government issued a statement accusing Salman of "denigrating and disparaging the Interior Ministry" through his society's museum-style exhibition of scenes from the 2 1/2-year-old pro-democracy uprising that police shut down last week. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Sheik Ali Salman, right, leader of the largest Shiite opposition group, the Al Wefaq Society, arrives with aides in response to a summons for questioning at the public prosecutor's office on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Bahraini government issued a statement accusing Salman of "denigrating and disparaging the Interior Ministry" through his society's museum-style exhibition of scenes from the 2 1/2-year-old pro-democracy uprising that police shut down last week. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture taken Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, a Bahraini man stands handcuffed and blindfolded under mock arrest, while visiting an interactive museum-style exhibition opened by an opposition group in Manama, Bahrain. Riot police in Bahrain stormed the exhibition on Wednesday, Oct. 30, that is dedicated to the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in the violence-wracked Gulf nation where crackdowns have strained ties between the ruling dynasty and their allies in Washington and elsewhere in the West. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    In this picture taken Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, a Bahraini man stands handcuffed and blindfolded under mock arrest, while visiting an interactive museum-style exhibition opened by an opposition group in Manama, Bahrain. Riot police in Bahrain stormed the exhibition on Wednesday, Oct. 30, that is dedicated to the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in the violence-wracked Gulf nation where crackdowns have strained ties between the ruling dynasty and their allies in Washington and elsewhere in the West. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

A legal adviser for Bahrain's main opposition group says its leader has been charged with insulting authorities through an exhibition that showed alleged abuses against anti-government protesters in the Gulf nation.

It's unclear whether Ali Salman, the head of the Shiite bloc Al Wefaq, will face trial, which could touch off wider clashes between Shiite-led protesters and Bahrain's Western-backed Sunni rulers. Prosecutors have the option of not bringing the case to court.

Al Wefaq's lawyer Hadi al-Musawi said Salman was not jailed after being charged and was allowed to return home following questioning Sunday

Riot police last week raided the museum-style hall opened by Al Wefaq that included depictions of alleged torture and attacks against protesters since the uprising began in February 2011. Authorities said the displays incited "hatred."