Senior Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja jailed for two months

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Thursday, 27 September 2012


zainab al khawajaA Bahraini court has sentenced prominent human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja to two months in prison for tearing up a picture of the Persian Gulf state's king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The lawyer added that his client is also facing eight other charges over holding anti-regime protests, and her next court hearing will be in November.

Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of leading Bahraini opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence after being accused of plotting against the Manama regime.
The Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.

The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring Persian Gulf states.

Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

The protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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Her defense lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, announced the sentence on Wednesday and called it harsh, Reuters reported.

"Usually sentences for such crimes are just fines," Jishi said.

The lawyer added that his client is also facing eight other charges over holding anti-regime protests, and her next court hearing will be in November.

Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of leading Bahraini opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence after being accused of plotting against the Manama regime.
The Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.

The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring Persian Gulf states.

Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

The protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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