Bahraini opposition: Former champion athlete is detained

ByREUTERS
April 17, 2011 17:59




DUBAI - Bahrain has detained a former bodybuilding champion as part of a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim pro-democracy protesters in the Sunni-led Gulf Arab kingdom, the opposition said on Sunday.

Tareq al-Fursani, a gold medallist in several Asian championships, was arrested at his home in a village east of the capital Manama late on Saturday, a member of the country's largest Shi'ite opposition group, Wefaq, told Reuters.

"The authorities didn't allow him to call his family, which is the same for all the previous cases," said Wefaq's Mattar Ibrahim Mattar.

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