Manama: Bahrain's special security tribunal handling the appeals of 21 opposition leaders convicted of plotting against the state on Wednesday adjourned the hearing until September.

The postponement in the high-profile case comes just three days before Bahrain's rulers plan to open reconciliation talks with the opposition.

The security court's decision to adjourn the appeals hearing for the 21 prominent opposition figures has further eroded the appetite of the biggest opposition party, Al Wefaq, to participate in the reconciliation talks, which are set to begin on Saturday.

The appeals hearing is now set for September 11. Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa was expected to address the public later on Wednesday and outline the aim of the government-arranged dialogue.