Activists: Bahrain court won't release activist from prison

FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, Bahraini anti-government protesters hold up images of jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab during a solidarity protest outside his home in Bani Jamra, Bahrain. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, that a court in Bahrain has refused to release and allow a Rajab to serve the remainder of his five-year prison sentences for tweets at home. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Activists say a court in Bahrain has refused to release a prominent activist and allow him to serve out at home the remainder of his five-year prison sentences for tweets.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Tuesday the court refused the noncustodial sentence request for Nabeel Rajab.

Bahrain's state-run media did not immediately acknowledge the decision.

Rajab has been detained since June 2016 as part of a wide crackdown on dissent in Bahrain, a small island-nation off the Saudi coast that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. He was sentenced February 2018.

Rajab was a major figure in the mostly Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding greater rights from the Sunni-ruled monarchy. He separately received a two-year sentence over television interviews he gave that included criticisms of Bahrain.