Amnesty: Bahrain court grants bail to activist

By REUTERS
January 18, 2013 12:02

ABU DHABI - Bahrain has released on bail a leading human rights activist who was arrested during a protest rally last month, Amnesty International said, as the Gulf Arab kingdom faces international criticism of its rights record.

Sayed Yousif al-Muhafda, from the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was arrested at a demonstration in December.

Unauthorized rallies and gatherings are banned in Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and which has been in turmoil since pro-democracy protests led by its Shi'ite Muslim majority erupted last year.

His lawyer said at the time that Muhafda was there to observe the march in Manama, adding that he was already being investigated on charges of spreading false news on Twitter.


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