Bahrain to hold hunger striker's daughter for week

By REUTERS
April 24, 2012 17:12

DUBAI - Bahrain has remanded in custody for seven days the daughter of a jailed hunger striker for protesting during last week's Formula One Grand Prix, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested on Saturday after she sat on the highway running past Bahrain's financial district during days of Shi'ite protests held to embarrass the kingdom's rulers at a time when the race drew international media attention.Activists are pressing for democratic reforms in a country dominated by the ruling Al Khalifa family, a Sunni dynasty that rules over a majority Shi'ite Bahraini population.

"They decided yesterday to hold her for seven days for holding up traffic and insulting a public official. She refused to talk in the investigations or to sign papers," said laywer Mohammed al-Jishi.


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