Bahrain’s Shia Activist Zainab al-Khawaja released on bail


JNN 31 May 2012 Manama : Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja has been released on bail one month after she was arrested for trying to organize an anti-regime protest.
“We paid the bail today and she has already spent the month in jail, so she was freed,” her lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi told Reuters on Tuesday.

On April 21, Zainab was arrested for trying to stage a protest in the capital city of Manama during the country’s Formula One Grand Prix.

She was sentenced last week to one month in jail and was fined 200 dinars (USD 530) on a separate charge related to insulting a government employee.

Jishi said Zainab is facing other charges related to trying to organize demonstrations in Manama and the next court hearing is set for June 24.

Zainab is the daughter of prominent Bahraini opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

The kingdom has been the scene of anti-regime demonstrations since February 2011.

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