Bahrain rules out extraditing jailed activist

April 8, 2012 16:17

DUBAI - Bahrain ruled out extraditing jailed political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja on Sunday despite a request from Copenhagen to hand him over because his health is worsening after a two-month hunger strike and he is also a Danish citizen.

Khawaja, a leading figure in Shi'ite Muslim-led protests against the Sunni ruling family that were crushed last year, received a life term for charges including attempting to topple the monarchy. Thirteen other activists were convicted.

The state BNA news agency quoted an official of Bahrain's highest judicial body as saying criminal law allowed extradition for those who have been accused or sentenced only when specific conditions are met.

"The case of the convict Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is not among them," it said.

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