Shehabi, general-secretary of the Bahrain Freedom Movement, wants ‘Western democracies’ to take action against Bahrain [Ruairi Casey/Al Jazeera]

Leaders of Bahrain‘s opposition in exile have branded the nation a “rogue state” following revelations that the country’s government may have hired al-Qaeda operatives to murder dissidents.

Several opposition figures gathered outside Bahrain’s embassy in London on Wednesday following the broadcast of an Al Jazeera documentary last week on the country’s attempts to stifle anti-government organising among its Shia majority.

“Evidence has suggested … that extrajudicial killings took place, the regime had cooperated with terrorist organisations, including al-Qaeda,” said Saeed Shehabi, general-secretary of the London-based Bahrain Freedom Movement.

“This situation indicates that the regime abides by no norms, no conventions, no laws, no international agreements and that

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