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Bahrain sentences activist's daughter to jail: lawyer


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Bahraini Shia Muslims stand behind a banner reading in Arabic '' No to dictatorship'' as they take part in an anti-government rally in the village of Muqsha, west of Manama on Dec 7, 2012. — Photo by AFP

DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced the daughter of prominent opposition activist Hadi al-Khawaja to one month in jail for taking part in an unauthorised demonstration, her lawyer said.

Zainab al-Khawaja, the eldest of the Shia rights activist's daughters, was found guilty of entering the “prohibited area” of Pearl Square, the main symbol of 2011 protests crushed by security forces, on Feb 12, the lawyer said.

She also was fined 100 dinars ($258).

Her lawyers disputed the charges, saying there was “no formal decision declaring that Pearl Square is a forbidden area”.

Zainab al-Khawaja, whose father is serving a life sentence for plotting against the state, has faced justice on several occasions already this year.

In October, she was freed after serving a two-month jail term for destroying government property.

The judiciary accused her of tearing apart a portrait of King Hamad during detention, according to Amnesty International.

In May, she served a one-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Bahrain came under strong criticism from international human rights organisations over last year's deadly crackdown on the protests, led by the majority Shias in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

An international panel commissioned by King Hamad to probe the government's clampdown found that excessive force and torture had been used against protesters and detainees.

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kaiser waziri Dec 10, 2012 06:32pm
The days of the baddoo kings are numbered. Very soon they will be in the dustbin of history!
AHZ Dec 10, 2012 05:11pm
American navy's 5th fleet is permenant Bahrain based, never u will hear anything about Bahrain.
Gerry D'Cunha Dec 10, 2012 01:50pm
Khanm don't you know, the west has business interest in these rich oil countries - human rights violations has no mean for them
Husain Jan Dec 10, 2012 01:50pm
The answer to Khanm question is very simple. As the whole world - all of us - know the Americans speak or intervene only, repeat only when its own interest appear to be at risk. Otherwise, neither America nor the UN will take any solid action except the lip service. And where are the so-called champions of Human Rights ? Why they don't protest against the atrocities being committed in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia etc. Does not the UN Charter give the right of free speech to all humans. Why even peaceful demonstrations are not allowed ? Why? As claimed by the rulers, if the masses are with you and love you, then why they are afraid of demonstrations ?
Khanm Dec 10, 2012 11:05am
Wonder why the most popular media like BBC, CNN or Aljazera won