Bahrain court denies request for jailed activist Nabeel Rajab release

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Tuesday, 09 October 2012

rajab bahrainA court in Bahrain has denied a request to release jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab who is serving a three-year sentence for taking part in anti-regime protests, his lawyer says.

According to Rajab's lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi, the court rejected a request to release the activist

and suspend his sentence.
On October 6, Rajab, 48, launched a “full hunger strike” in protest against the misbehavior of officials in prison.

The activist began his hunger strike after prison officials refused to allow him to take part in a mourning ceremony held for his mother, who passed away on Thursday.

Bahrainis have been holding protests, demanding Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights’ release for weeks.

Bahrain’s revolution started in mid-February 2011, when demonstrators, inspired by the revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive anti-regime protests.

On March 14, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.

Dozens of people have been killed in the regime 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 campaign of suppression and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

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