Bahrain releases Shiite female protester
DUBAI: Bahraini authorities have released activist Zainab al-Khawaja
after she served a one-month jail sentence for attacking a policewoman
at a protest, her lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi told AFP on Wednesday.
“Zainab was released on Tuesday after she served her one-month jail
term,” Jishi told AFP. She also paid a 200 dinars ($530) fine for having
insulted a police officer.
The daughter of prominent jailed Shiite opponent, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja,
who ended a 110-day hunger strike on Monday, was convicted of attacking
a policewoman and taking part in an illegal rally.
She is still on trial over two other cases, including taking part in
another illegal gathering and obstructing traffic by sitting in the
middle of a main road in Manama, said Jishi.
Khawaja has been active in holding anti-government protests since
security forces quelled a month-long Shiite-led uprising last year.
Amnesty International estimates that 60 people have been killed since
protests broke out on February 14 last year. AFP