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Bahraini female activist jailed over protest

A Bahraini court jails Zainab Al-Khawaja, an opposition activist who went on hunger strike for being charged with 'using force against a policewoman and insulting her as forces of order tried to disperse an unauthorized rally'

AFP, Thursday 24 May 2012
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Bahraini protesters call for political prisoners to be freed in a demonstration on Wednesday, February 9, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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A Bahraini court jailed on Thursday opposition activist Zainab Al-Khawaja for one month after convicting her of attacking a policewoman and taking part in an illegal rally, witnesses said.

The daughter of prominent jailed opponent Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike since February 8, had been charged with "using force against a policewoman and insulting her as forces of order tried to disperse an unauthorised rally" on April 21.

It said Khawaja, who has been active in holding anti-government protests since security forces quelled a month-long uprising last year, obstructed traffic on the same day by sitting in the middle of the main King Faisal Road in Manama.

On Tuesday, a court adjourned to May 27 another case against Khawaja in which she is charged with staging a rally with another woman in December in the middle of a roundabout on Budaiya highway, outside the capital, where Shiite demonstrators hold frequent protests.

She was forcefully removed by police after refusing to end her protest.

On Monday, a court fined her 200 dinars ($530) for insulting a police officer.

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