Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja detained after grand prix protest

Daughter of jailed hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja remanded in custody for a week, lawyer says, Tuesday 24 April 2012

"Bahrain has remanded in custody for seven days the daughter of a jailed hunger striker for protesting during last week's Formula One grand prix, her lawyer says.

Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested on Saturday after she sat on the main road running past Bahrain's financial district during days of Shia protests held to embarrass the kingdom's rulers at a time when the race was drawing international media attention.

Activists are pressing for democratic reforms in a country dominated by the al-Khalifa family, a Sunni dynasty that rules over a majority Shia population.

Khawaja's lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, said: "They decided yesterday to hold her for seven days for holding up traffic and insulting a public official. She refused to talk in the investigations or to sign papers."...."

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